a) to smash; to defeat
b) to abuse, to scold
c) to depart quickly
d) to stun with a blow, to daze, to injure
Today's Featured Word: GILBERT
a proper name, used as the appellation of a male cat;
usually shortened to 'Gib' ...c1480 obs. rare
from the proper name
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
c1480 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Scho clam sa hie, that Gilbert mycht not get hir."
From: The Morall Fabillis of Esope
The Taill of the Uponlandis Mous and the Burges Mous
By: Robert Henryson, c1480
Daily Word Quiz Answer
MALLERAG b) to abuse, to scold ...B1900 Eng. dial.