verb (used with object), gir·dled, gir·dling.
Origin of girdle
Synonyms for girdle
Examples from the Web for girdled
Historical Examples of girdled
Neither has he girdled her about with cloud nor stood stars upon her forehead.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
The Baroness snatched a fan which girdled her, and tapped him with it reprovingly.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
Even that morning four trees had been marked by the axe and girdled.The Plant Hunters
It is the bath of the girdled Earth, perfumed with balms and essences.The Masque of the Elements
Each of these minarets was girdled, halfway up, by a narrow balcony.The Fire People
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.