verb (used with object), be·girt or be·gird·ed, be·gird·ing.

to gird about; encompass; surround.

Origin of begird

before 900; Middle English begirden, Old English begierdan. See be-, gird1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb -girds, -girding, -girt or -girded (tr) poetic

to surround; gird around
to bind

Word Origin for begird

Old English begierdan; see be-, gird 1
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Word Origin and History for begird

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

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