noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. a disease of cattle and especially of sheep in which the brain or spinal cord is infested with larvae of the dog tapeworm, Multiceps multiceps, producing staggers.
Compare waterbrain.

Origin of gid

First recorded in 1550–60; back formation from giddy
Also called sturdy.


or G.I.

noun, plural GI's or GIs.
  1. a member or former member of the U.S. armed forces, especially an enlisted soldier.
  1. rigidly adhering to military regulations and practices; regimented; spit-and-polish: a platoon leader who tried to be more GI than anyone else.
  2. of a standardized style or type issued by the U.S. armed forces: GI shoes; GI blankets.
  3. conforming to the regulations or practices of the U.S. armed forces: Every recruit must get a GI haircut.
  4. of, relating to, or characteristic of a U.S. enlisted person: a typical peacetime GI complaint.
verb (used with object), GI'd, GI'ing.
  1. to clean in preparation for inspection: to GI the barracks.
verb (used without object), GI'd, GI'ing.
  1. to follow military regulations and customs closely; shape up: You'd better learn to GI if you want to be promoted.

Origin of GI

1915–20; orig. abbreviation of galvanized iron, used in U.S. Army bookkeeping in entering articles (e.g., trash cans) made of it; later extended to all articles issued (as an assumed abbreviation of government issue) and finally to soldiers themselves Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for gid


  1. a disease of sheep characterized by an unsteady gait and staggering, caused by infestation of the brain with tapeworms (Taenia caenuris)

Word Origin for gid

C17: back formation from giddy


  1. a loose-fitting white suit worn in judo, karate, and other martial artsa karate gi

Word Origin for gi

from Japanese -gi costume, from ki to wear


the internet domain name for
  1. Gibraltar


abbreviation for
  1. gilbert


noun US informal
  1. plural GIs or GI's a soldier in the US Army, esp an enlisted man
  1. conforming to US Army regulations; of standard government issue

Word Origin for GI

C20: abbrev. of government issue




abbreviation for
  1. gastrointestinal
  2. glycaemic index
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gid in Medicine


  1. gastrointestinal
  2. Gingival Index
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