Ironside definition

īərn-sīd
One who is very strong and courageous.
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One who is very strong and courageous.
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(historical) A trooper in the Parliamentarian cavalry formed by English political leader Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century, during the English Civil War.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ironside
Plural:
Ironsides

Origin of ironside

  • From Ironside nickname of Edmund II and Ironsides nickname of Oliver Cromwell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • iron +"Ž side, from a nickname of Cromwell's: "Old Ironsides".

    From Wiktionary