Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[uhn-der-gurd] /ˌʌn dərˈgɜrd/
verb (used with object), undergirded or undergirt, undergirding.
to strengthen; secure, as by passing a rope or chain under and around:
to undergird a top-heavy load.
to give fundamental support; provide with a sound or secure basis:
ethics undergirded by faith.
Origin of undergird
First recorded in 1520-30; under- + gird1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for undergirding
Historical Examples
  • They may have been planned, suggests Prof. Baldwin Brown, to carry an undergirding arch such as occurs beneath some wooden roofs.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
British Dictionary definitions for undergirding


verb -girds, -girding, -girded, -girt
(transitive) to strengthen or reinforce by passing a rope, cable, or chain around the underside of (an object, load, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from under- + gird1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for undergirding



1520s, from under + gird (v.). Related: Undergirded; undergirding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for undergird

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for undergirding

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for undergirding