verb (used with object), gir·dled, gir·dling.
Origin of girdle
Synonyms for girdle
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Contemporary Examples of girdle
Regarding only what is below the girdle,” he added, “it is impossible…to know an old from a young one.What the Sex Lives of the Founding Fathers Reveal About Us
February 21, 2014
“A source says Brad has been sporting a girdle to control his pudgy midsection recently,” the magazine wrote.Brad Pitt Might Wear Man Spanx; Lena Dunham Doesn't Want a Victoria's Secret Model Body
The Fashion Beast Team
March 15, 2013
Historical Examples of girdle
That bag at his girdle is full of the teeth that he drew at Winchester fair.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He took it from his girdle warped by the wet and the warmth of his body.The Trail Book
He loosened his girdle, and struck the tree with it three times.
When you get there you must loosen your girdle and strike the tree with it three times in succession.
Then she lifted the cross that hung from her girdle, and held it out to the sister.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Word Origin for girdle
Old English gyrdel "belt, sash, cord about the waist," common Germanic. (cf. Old Norse gyrðill, Swedish gördel, Old Frisian gerdel, Dutch gordel, Old High German gurtil, German Gürtel "belt"), related to Old English gyrdan "to gird" (see gird). Modern euphemistic sense of "elastic corset" first recorded 1925. The verb meaning "encircle with a girdle" is attested from 1580s. Meaning "to cut off a belt of bark around a trunk to kill a tree" is from 1660s. Related: Girdled; girdling.