Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A piece of armor for the arm, especially the forearm.
- ‘The vambrace features a rolled edge and carries the same design as the proceeding plates.’
- ‘Each soldier had the same vambraces.’
- ‘It is also possible that a few warriors may have worn leather vambraces, or have used leather bindings similar to ‘puttes’ to protect their forearms.’
- ‘He shrugged his shoulders, trying to get comfortable in his suit of chainmail, but his vambraces were making his forearm feel heavy.’
- ‘He was now clad in only his cotton tunic and trousers with the leather vambraces remaining on his forearms, his riding boots and a belt around his lean waist.’
Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French shortening of Old French avantbras, from avant before + bras arm Compare with vamplate.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.