verb (used with object), gir·dled, gir·dling.
Origin of girdle
Examples from the Web for girdled
All that remained now were light green hose attached to a wisp of silk that girdled her hips.The Saracen: The Holy War|Robert Shea
He was powerfully built, naked but for a girdled loincloth, which was stained with blood and crusted with dried mire.Shadows in the Moonlight|Robert E. Howard
The towering Upas may be girdled, even if not felled at once to earth.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume XI (of 20)|Charles Sumner
Paul raised her drooping figure from the ground and girdled her in a grasp of iron.The Shadow of the Czar|John R. Carling
When they found them, long afterward, Riderhood's body was girdled still with the schoolmaster's arms and they held him tight.Tales from Dickens|Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
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Word Origin for girdle
British Dictionary definitions for girdled (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for girdled
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.