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[bih-gurd] /bɪˈgɜrd/
verb (used with object), begirt or begirded, begirding.
to gird about; encompass; surround.
Origin of begird
before 900; Middle English begirden, Old English begierdan. See be-, gird1 Unabridged
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  • It appeared to breathe some feminine element, so dainty was it, so begirt with flowers.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The whole broad valley at Ye is begirt by a circle of monasteries.

  • “I tell you, Bennet, ye are both outnumbered and begirt,” said Dick.

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Which of my ancestors had begirt me with an impassable barrier in this horrible strait?

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • To the south-east appeared rather a large lake, begirt with white fields of gypsum and terraces.

  • Deep under the reach of the sweet living breath, And begirt with the broods of the desert of Death.

  • On the thick ice that begirt the island they crossed over on the north side and gained the mainland.

    Reminiscences of a Rebel Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  • The crags were begirt with icicles, reaching down many feet and brilliant with elusive prismatic glimmers.

  • begirt with bandits who stopped up every outlet, Toulon quaked for fear.

  • Suddenly a heavy discharge was heard, and Fort Mackenzie was begirt with smoke and dazzling flashes.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for begirt


verb (transitive) (poetic) -girds, -girding, -girt, -girded
to surround; gird around
to bind
Word Origin
Old English begierdan; see be-, gird1
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Word Origin and History for begirt



Old English begyrdan; see be- + gird (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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