Origin of gourdMiddle English gourde from Old French gouorde from Classical Latin cucurbita
- any trailing or climbing plant belonging to the gourd family
- any of the ornamental, inedible fruits of these or related plants, esp. of a yellow-flowered variety (Cucurbita pepo ovifera) of the pumpkin
- the dried, hollowed-out shell of such a fruit, used as a drinking cup, dipper, etc.
- Slang the head: usually in the phrase out of one's gourd, crazy, foolish, etc.