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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 intensivewas 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 But this gourd is great for so much more: hearty salads, sheet roasts, dips, curries, pastas, and sweet treats. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "33 Butternut Squash Recipes That Taste Like Fall," 18 Sep. 2020 Use this gourd to hold Halloween candy, cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, or just display it in your kitchen all season long. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Bed Bath & Beyond Has the Coziest Fall Home Decor Right Now," 28 Aug. 2020 Combine copper accessories with wood accents, antique finds, and a gourd or two for a rustic fall shelf display. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Festive Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas," 18 Aug. 2020 What's the difference between a gourd and a pumpkin? Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Is Pumpkin a Fruit? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 12 July 2020 This Halloween pumpkin really stuck a gourd with me. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "60 Fun Halloween Puns to Creep It Real at Your Spook-tacular Celebration," 6 July 2020 Hossein Ravazadeh, another prominent quack, recommends bitter gourd oil dropped into the ears twice a day. The Economist, "Quackery in Iran Desperate Iranians are getting bad medical advice," 18 Apr. 2020 The Calabash name is a reference to a tropical tree that produces large, round gourds which can be eaten or, in some cases, used to make plates, bowls and eating utensils. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Calabash restaurant to bring cuisines of three chefs to Oakland in April," 14 Feb. 2020 Place a line of leaves and gourds down the center of the table, leaving space for extra embellishments. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Stunning Thanksgiving Tablescape," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of gourd was in the 14th century

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21 Sep 2020

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“Gourd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gourd. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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


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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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