verb (used with object), gir·dled, gir·dling.
- giraudoux, jean,
- gird one's loins,
- girdle anesthesia,
- girdle sensation,
- girdle traverse,
- girdle-tailed lizard,
Origin of girdle
Examples from the Web for 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|Eric Herschthal|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|DAILY BEAST
Cestus, ses′tus, n. the girdle of Venus, which had power to awaken love: an ancient boxing-glove loaded with lead or iron.
The jar is made to rest upon the girdle of the bearer, while she supports it upon her back by one or both of the handles.
Phanes then put on the stranger's trousers, coat and girdle; on his own curls he placed the pointed Persian cap.An Egyptian Princess, Complete|Georg Ebers
Vainly groping for the interpretation, he could not discover what the Seven and the Girdle meant.The Legend of Ulenspiegel|Charles de Coster
Under some conditions it signifies thieving, which probably refers to the theft of the girdle.Prophetical, Educational and Playing Cards|Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer
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.