An example of a sword is Excaliber, the sword from the story of Camelot.
- Ready for a fight.
- To kill; slay.
- ready to quarrel or fight
- to fight
- to argue violently
- to kill with a sword or swords
- to slaughter, esp. in war
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of sword
- Middle English from Old English sweord
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English sword, swerd, from Old English sweord (“sword"), from Proto-Germanic *swerdÄ… (“sword"), from Proto-Indo-European *suÌ¯rÌ¥dhom (“sword"), from Proto-Indo-European *swer- (“to cut, pierce, fester"). Cognate with Scots swerd, sword (“sword"), North Frisian swird (“sword"), West Frisian swurd (“sword"), Dutch zwaard (“sword"), Low German Sweerd, Schwert (“sword"), German Schwert (“sword"), Danish svÃ¦rd, Swedish svÃ¤rd (“sword"), Icelandic sverÃ° (“sword"), Old Church Slavonic [script?] (svÄrdÄlÅ, “drill").