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

Examples from the Web for begirt

Historical Examples of begirt

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for begirt


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 begirt



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper