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  1. Also called cloister garth. an open courtyard enclosed by a cloister.
  2. Archaic. a yard or garden.
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Origin of garth

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse garthr farm, farmyard, courtyard; see yard2


  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.

British Dictionary definitions for garth


  1. a courtyard surrounded by a cloister
  2. archaic a yard or garden
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse garthr; related to Old English geard yard ²


  1. Northern English dialect a child's hoop, often the rim of a bicycle wheel
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Word Origin

dialect variant of girth
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Word Origin and History for garth


"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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