Main definitions of targe in English

: targe1targe2

targe1

noun

  • archaic term for target (sense 2 of the noun)
    • ‘As the claymores, targes and antique pistols on the walls of Seaforth Cottage also testify, domicile north of the Great Glen can also engender a degree of swashbuckling.’
    • ‘To the Highlanders the Targe was both a life preserving tool and a status symbol with ornate decorations.’
    • ‘Their blood up, the Jacobites, most of them armed with small round shields, known as targes, and double-edged broadswords, hurtled down the slope.’
    • ‘In Jacobite times, targes were the highlanders' main means of defence in battle.’
    • ‘Some targes had center bosses of brass, and a few of these could accept a long steel spike which screwed into a small ‘puddle’ of lead which was fixed to the wood, under the boss.’

Origin

Old English targa, targe, of Germanic origin; reinforced in Middle English by Old French targe.

Pronunciation

targe

/tɑːdʒ/

Main definitions of targe in English

: targe1targe2

targe2

noun

Northern Irish, Scottish
informal
  • A formidably aggressive older woman.

    ‘she was an old targe of a schoolteacher’
    • ‘For all her doughty declarations, there's the odd hint of vanity and vulnerability in this targe.’
    • ‘The mother is a driven targe and the father is a dreamer.’
    • ‘I'm going to look forward to being a targe in my old age.’
    • ‘We want more of Roy and his targe of a mother.’
    • ‘It is set in a health farm run by a targe, whose handyman is an amiable drunk.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from the verb targe ‘to reprimand, scold, beat’, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

targe

/tɑːdʒ/