1. a simple past tense and past participle of gird1.

verb (used with object)

  1. gird1(def 1).

noun, verb (used with object)

  1. girth.


  1. Carpentry.
    1. a timber or plate connecting the corner posts of an exterior wooden frame, as a braced frame, at a floor above the ground floor.
    2. a heavy beam, as for supporting the ends of rafters.
  2. Printing. (in certain hand presses) one of a pair of leather straps having one end fastened to the bed and the other to the rounce, for drawing the bed under the platen.

verb (used with object), gird·ed or girt, gird·ing.

  1. to encircle or bind with a belt or band.
  2. to surround; enclose; hem in.
  3. to prepare (oneself) for action: He girded himself for the trial ahead.
  4. to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength.

verb (used without object)

  1. to gibe; jeer (usually followed by at).

verb (used with object)

  1. to gibe or jeer at; taunt.


  1. a gibe.


  1. a past tense and past participle of gird 1


  1. nautical moored securely to prevent swinging


  1. (tr) to bind or encircle; gird
  2. to measure the girth of (something)

verb girds, girding, girded or girt (tr)

  1. to put a belt, girdle, etc, around (the waist or hips)
  2. to bind or secure with or as if with a beltto gird on one’s armour
  3. to surround; encircle
  4. to prepare (oneself) for action (esp in the phrase gird (up) one’s loins)
  5. to endow with a rank, attribute, etc, esp knighthood


  1. (when intr, foll by at) to jeer (at someone); mock
  2. (tr) to strike (a blow at someone)
  3. (intr) to move at high speed


    1. a blow or stroke
    2. a taunt; gibe
  1. a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)


  1. Scot a hoop, esp a child’s hoopAlso: girr

c.1400 as alternative form of gird; also past tense and past participle of gird.


Old English gyrdan “put a belt or girdle around; encircle, surround; invest with attributes,” from Proto-Germanic *gurthjanan (cf. Old Norse gyrða, Old Saxon gurdian, Old Frisian gerda, Dutch gorden, Old High German gurtan, German gürten). Related to Old English geard “hedge, enclosure” (see yard (n.1)). Related: Girded; girding.

Throughout its whole history the English word is chiefly employed in rhetorical language, in many instances with more or less direct allusion to biblical passages. [OED]

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