[ gurd ]
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verb (used with object),gird·ed or girt, gird·ing.
  1. to encircle or bind with a belt or band.

  2. to surround; enclose; hem in.

  1. to prepare (oneself) for action: He girded himself for the trial ahead.

  2. to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength.

Origin of gird

before 950; Middle English girden,Old English gyrdan; cognate with German gürten

Other words for gird

Other words from gird

  • gird·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions for gird (2 of 2)

[ gurd ]

verb (used without object)
  1. to gibe; jeer (usually followed by at).

verb (used with object)
  1. to gibe or jeer at; taunt.

  1. a gibe.

Origin of gird

1175–1225; Middle English gyrd a stroke, blow, hence a cutting remark, derivative of girden to strike, smite < ?

Other words from gird

  • gird·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gird in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gird (1 of 3)


/ (ɡɜːd) /

verbgirds, girding, girded or girt (tr)
  1. to put a belt, girdle, etc, around (the waist or hips)

  2. to bind or secure with or as if with a belt: to gird on one's armour

  1. to surround; encircle

  2. to prepare (oneself) for action (esp in the phrase gird (up) one's loins)

  3. to endow with a rank, attribute, etc, esp knighthood

Origin of gird

Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse gyrtha, Old High German gurten

British Dictionary definitions for gird (2 of 3)


/ (ɡɜːd) Northern English dialect /

  1. (when intr, foll by at) to jeer (at someone); mock

  2. (tr) to strike (a blow at someone)

  1. (intr) to move at high speed

    • a blow or stroke

    • a taunt; gibe

  1. a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)

Origin of gird

C13 girden to strike, cut, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for gird (3 of 3)


/ (ɡɪrd) /

  1. Scot a hoop, esp a child's hoop: Also: girr

Origin of gird

a Scot variant of girth

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