- a sheath or case to hold the blade of a sword, dagger, etc.
- a sheath or holder for carrying a rifle
Origin of scabbardMiddle English scabarde, earlier scauberc ; from Anglo-French escaubers (pl.) ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old High German scar, sword, cutting tool (akin to shear) + bergan, to hide, protect: see bury
transitive verbscab·bard·ed, scab·bard·ing, scab·bards
Origin of scabbardMiddle English scauberc, scabbard, from Old French escauberc, possibly of Germanic origin; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- The sheath of a sword.
(third-person singular simple present scabbards, present participle scabbarding, simple past and past participle scabbarded)
- To put an object (especially a sword) into its scabbard.