- to encircle or bind with a belt or band.
- to surround; enclose; hem in.
- to prepare (oneself) for action: He girded himself for the trial ahead.
- to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength.
Origin of gird1
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- to gibe; jeer (usually followed by at).
- to gibe or jeer at; taunt.
- a gibe.
Origin of gird2
Examples from the Web for gird
They warn authorities to gird themselves for the possibility that many more men could surface.Penn State’s Next Battle: More Sandusky Accusers Come Forward
July 18, 2012
As we gird our national loins for the mid-term elections in November, here is a brisk primer on the movement.My A-Z Guide to the Tea Party
September 18, 2010
Let them gird sackcloth on their loins and hide their faces.The Christian
Does it become you, sir, do you think, to gird at one who is your prisoner?The Strolling Saint
Be a soldier, then, and gird thee for the great battle that is at hand.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
Come, gird up thy loins and answer like a man, if thou canst.
Gird on, as gift from the gods, this sword that is immortal.A Book of Myths
- to put a belt, girdle, etc, around (the waist or hips)
- to bind or secure with or as if with a beltto gird on one's armour
- to surround; encircle
- to prepare (oneself) for action (esp in the phrase gird (up) one's loins)
- to endow with a rank, attribute, etc, esp knighthood
- (when intr, foll by at) to jeer (at someone); mock
- (tr) to strike (a blow at someone)
- (intr) to move at high speed
- a blow or stroke
- a taunt; gibe
- a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)
- Scot a hoop, esp a child's hoopAlso: girr
Word Origin and History for 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]