See also: gırd

EnglishEdit

 
Heracles girding Antaeus

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English girden, gerden, gürden, from Old English gyrdan (to put a belt around, to put a girdle around), from Proto-Germanic *gurdijaną (to gird), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰerdʰ-. Cognate with West Frisian gurdzje, girdzje, Dutch gorden, German gürten, Swedish gjorda, Icelandic gyrða, Albanian ngërthej (to tie together by weaving, to bind).

VerbEdit

gird (third-person singular simple present girds, present participle girding, simple past and past participle girded or girt)

  1. (transitive) To bind with a flexible rope or cord.
    The fasces were girt about with twine in bundles large.
  2. (transitive) To encircle with, or as if with a belt.
    The lady girt herself with silver chain, from which she hung a golden shear.
    Our home is girt by sea... - Advance Australia Fair
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      It took me back across the dim gulf of ages to some happy home in dead Imperial Kôr, where this winsome lady girt about with beauty had lived and died, and dying taken her last-born with her to the tomb.
  3. (transitive, reflexive) To prepare oneself for an action.
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Etymology 2Edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

NounEdit

gird (plural girds)

  1. A sarcastic remark.
  2. A stroke with a rod or switch.
  3. A severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
    • a. 1694, John Tillotson, The Folly of Scoffing at Religion
      Conscience [] is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels.
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gird (third-person singular simple present girds, present participle girding, simple past and past participle girded)

  1. (transitive) To jeer at.
  2. (intransitive) To jeer.
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gird

  1. big