Also called cloister garth. an open courtyard enclosed by a cloister.
Archaic. a yard or garden.

Origin of garth

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




a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garth

Contemporary Examples of garth

Historical Examples of garth

  • 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




a courtyard surrounded by a cloister
archaic a yard or garden

Word Origin for garth

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




Northern English dialect a child's hoop, often the rim of a bicycle wheel

Word Origin for garth

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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