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Definition of gourd

1 : any of a family (Cucurbitaceae, the gourd family) of chiefly herbaceous tendril-bearing vines including the cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin
2 : the fruit of a gourd : pepo especially : any of various hard-rinded inedible fruits of plants of two genera (Lagenaria and Cucurbita) often used for ornament or for vessels and utensils Walking through the various barrios, you might see people sharing sips from a little gourd with a straw in it. — Bruce Sanderson … a basketball-size gourd draped with a veil of wooden beads—to incite individual bursts of improvisation from the orchestra's players. The New Yorker
out of one's gourd
US, informal
1 or less commonly off one's gourd : out of one's mind : crazy … comes off like a cross between two Hogans, the Aussie actor Paul and the American wrestler Hulk—completely out of his gourd, but essentially likable.People Weekly … these people are loud, abusive, occasionally maniacal, often colossally boorish and notoriously primed under certain circumstances to go totally off their gourds.— Curry Kirkpatrick
2 used as an intensive was frightened out of her gourd [=extremely frightened]It's eleven against two, and the two are probably stoned out of their gourds.— Stephen KingPerhaps it is not too late for American kids to be given the gift of enforced boredom for at least a week or two, staring into space, bored out of their gourds, exploring the inside of their own heads.— Anna Quindlen

Examples of gourd in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of our ancestors lived nomadically, and in that lifestyle, finding a drink was as simple as filling a gourd on the side of a river. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, 8 Aug. 2021 Perhaps a hefty dollop of skepticism might lead you to believe that for sure this other driver is out of their gourd. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The roster isn’t perfect, and the defense Sunday too often looked like Garrett, Ward and nine guys who couldn’t tackle a gourd. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 25 Oct. 2020 Each participant is also given an ornamental gourd and feed to feed the farm animals. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, 16 Oct. 2020 First responders in north-central Florida discovered an explosive pumpkin behind a local business, and the bomb squad came out to detonate the gourd. Garfield Hylton, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Oct. 2020 Trinity Falls in McKinney is hosting a drive-through pumpkin patch Saturday, allowing visitors to get their gourd without putting anyone’s health at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, 7 Oct. 2020 Savor Beauty taps the gourd’s brightening benefits to deliver a natural face oil suited to even the most sensitive of skins. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 2 Oct. 2020 The hefty gourd was grown by local farmer Mohamed Sadiq. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of gourd

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for gourd

Middle English gourde, from Anglo-French gurde, gourde, from Latin cucurbita

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“Gourd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gourd. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gourd

: any one of several types of fruits that have a hard shell and that are used for decoration and not for eating


\ ˈgȯrd How to pronounce gourd (audio) \

Kids Definition of gourd

: an inedible fruit with a hard rind and many seeds that grows on a vine, is related to the pumpkin and melon, and is often used for decoration or for making objects (as bowls)

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