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garth

[gahrth] /gɑrθ/
noun
1.
Also called cloister garth. an open courtyard enclosed by a cloister.
2.
Archaic. a yard or garden.
Origin of garth
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old Norse garthr farm, farmyard, courtyard; see yard2

Garth

[gahrth] /gɑrθ/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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  • To Pope's corrections, which garth adopted, Mason had added a comment.

  • You sleep—you sleep—that garth—that devil's garth—that worse than kirk-garth—that—that—!

  • Mrs. garth's banter was not calculated to outlast this kind of assault.

  • This declaration of Mr. garth's veracity was not conducive to amiability.

  • "Yer skin's as thin as a cat-lug," said Mrs. garth in a bitter whisper.

  • Mrs. garth emphasized her sentiment with a gentle prod of her son's breast.

British Dictionary definitions for garth

garth1

/ɡɑːθ/
noun
1.
a courtyard surrounded by a cloister
2.
(archaic) a yard or garden
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse garthr; related to Old English geardyard²

garth2

/ɡɑːθ/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a child's hoop, often the rim of a bicycle wheel
Word Origin
dialect variant of girth
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Word Origin and History for garth
n.

"small piece of enclosed ground," northern and western English dialect word, mid-14c., from Old Norse garðr "yard, courtyard, fence," cognate of Old English geard (see yard (n.1)).

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