Definition of gourd in US English:



  • 1A fleshy, typically large fruit with a hard skin, some varieties of which are edible.

    • ‘Sitting in the verandah, the separate smells of tomatoes, lemons and gourd reach me, and I know I will smell them again in my memory.’
    • ‘You'll get the best flavor from blemish-free gourds that are heavy for their size and that have one-to-two-inch stems (shape isn't important).’
    • ‘Modern Hopi farmers still use the old methods, raising mainly corn, melons, gourds, and many varieties of beans.’
    • ‘It is eaten with vegetables such as onion, garlic, eggplant, and a variety of gourds according to the season.’
    • ‘A Louisiana slave gardener also built birdhouses from hollowed gourds to attract nesting birds that protected vegetables from insects and other pests.’
    • ‘The musical instruments include hollowed-out gourds and reveal the continuity of African heritage.’
    • ‘The desert-dwelling Shasta ground sloth would have eaten the ripe gourds in autumn.’
    • ‘In the vegetable market, even the prices of locally grown bitter gourd, ash pumpkin and cucumber are rising.’
    • ‘Greens and gourds are cooked with prawns with the batter of crushed poppy seeds and deep-fried.’
    • ‘The gourds or fruits, which are about 5 cm long, yellowish-white, and prickled on the upper part, are cooked as a vegetable, notably in Peru.’
    • ‘Early man used gourds for bowls, fishing nets, drinking vessels, musical instruments and other functional forms.’
    • ‘Others planted truck gardens and sold corn, cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes, tobacco, indigo, watermelons, and gourds at the market for profit.’
    • ‘We can now enjoy the colorful autumn season as it passes to winter, from the rice in the fields, to corn, oatmeal, Indian millet, and various fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, grapes, gourds, and pumpkins.’
    • ‘When walking outside collect some colorful leaves, pinecones and acorns, then gather together a bunch of small pumpkins, gourds, apples and Indian corn.’
    • ‘Fruits and vegetables that love long, warm summers - melons, gourds, and corn - typically do well here.’
    • ‘In the ‘Dry Curries’ section, the ones to try are the stuffed ridge gourd, stuffed gherkins and masala drumstick curry.’
    • ‘Maracas are made by drilling a few small holes in dried gourds and placing dried seeds or glass beads inside.’
    1. 1.1 A drinking container, water container, or ornament made from the hard hollowed and dried skin of a gourd.
      • ‘The only thing they seem to do more then butchering animals in Uruguay, is drink Mate, a sort of super strong version of green tea that is drunk from a gourd through a silver straw.’
      • ‘Then they rinse out their mouths with gourds full of water from an oil drum.’
      • ‘Merchants lay out plastic jugs, blankets, medicinal cures, metal pots, religious pamphlets, gourds, and stack great bundles of glittering bangles.’
      • ‘The Snake Man's mother took a clay pot, poured into it some water from a gourd by her side, and put it over the fire.’
      • ‘Handicraft articles include baskets, straw hats, net and saddle bags, hammocks, straw mats, gourds, woodcarvings, and masks.’
      • ‘Some men sat around the fire, cooking meat on sticks, drinking from gourds and laughing.’
      • ‘Other handicraft items include hammocks, baskets, mats, embroidery, leatherwork, coral jewelry, and carved and painted gourds and dolls.’
      • ‘She saw other people further down the river, taking drinks or filling gourds.’
      • ‘Ancient historical documents describe the use of crude containers, such as gourds, leaves, shells, animal skins, and even human skulls.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, one can still observe the use of traditional pipes, water-pots for music, decorated walking sticks exchanged at marriage, and the use of gourds and pottery.’
      • ‘The tea was traditionally drunk from a gourd, sipped through a straw known as a bombilla.’
      • ‘Woodcrafted products include traditional masks, carved squash gourds, and colonial-style doors and furniture.’
      • ‘He passed her a gourd of water and she gulped it down.’
      • ‘Carving tools are very sharp, and the dried gourds are very hard.’
      • ‘By the 1770s this market had penetrated as far north as Cuenca, where the traditional gourd with silver straw began to appear on elite tables in this tertiary northern Andean city.’
      • ‘They used a carved gourd to store milk and water.’
      • ‘Fruit and gourds filled with tea and water were passed through the bars.’
      • ‘Women engrave designs into yellow calabash gourds.’
      • ‘Along with the bag there is some other container, often a gourd, to hold the lime paste.’
      • ‘In their spare time, Fulani women make handicrafts including engraved gourds, weavings, knitting, and baskets.’
  • 2A climbing or trailing plant which bears gourds.

    Family Cucurbitaceae (the gourd family): several genera and species, including the colored ornamental gourds (Cucurbita pepo variety ovifera). The gourd family also includes the marrows, squashes, pumpkins, melons, and cucumbers

    • ‘This year we're also growing birdhouse gourds.’
    • ‘Both sides of this versatile trellis are used, and it can be made sturdy enough to support heavy crops such as gourds and pumpkins.’
    • ‘Special care is given to the gourd plant as it grows and forms fruit after its flowers fade.’
    • ‘Twig trees decorated with paperwhite blossoms and rose hips can be grouped with gilded gourds.’
    • ‘In addition to staple crops, gourds and tobacco are also planted.’
    • ‘Other unusual plants include bottle gourds whose beautiful ornamental shapes were used for hundreds of years by native Americans to carry and store water.’
    • ‘We have a chainlink fence in the front yard with vines and gourds growing on it.’
    • ‘Sometimes pumpkins or gourds are planted instead of squash.’
    • ‘This is connected to a large bamboo teepee with pole beans, gourds and other climbing plants covering it.’
    • ‘The gardens were in full autumnal splendor as dried flowers and flame bright orange, yellow gourds adorned the gates.’
    • ‘The potted chilly, lady's finger or brinjal plants, along with an array of gourds, occupy about 400 square foot of space on his terrace.’


  • out of one's gourd

    • 1informal Out of one's mind; crazy.

      • ‘So figure out what to do with yourself before you become bored out of your gourd.’
      • ‘Their insights have no depth or interest and non-fanatics (like yours truly) will be bored out of their gourds.’
      • ‘Maybe it was the toxic fumes of all the lead paint, but cartoon creators were obviously out of their gourd.’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom holds that people like you are out of your gourd.’
      1. 1.1Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
        ‘he was obviously stoned out of his gourd’
        • ‘As I type this article I am currently whacked out of my gourd on the following medications.’
        • ‘Of course I was stoned out of my gourd at the time… yep that was the one.’
        • ‘She got arrested last night, apparently stoned out of her gourd.’
        • ‘Larry was totally stoned out of his gourd.’
        • ‘And it was so refreshing that this guy, who was out of his gourd by eight o'clock at night, was listening to the music and paying attention and thinking about it.’
        • ‘I cannot understand how anyone could drink an entire bottle of Robitussin for fun, because I've taken about a teaspoon too much and am now so stoned out of my gourd that I can barely function.’
        intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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Middle English: from Old French gourde, based on Latin cucurbita.