girt

1
[gurt]

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of gird1.

Nearby words

  1. girondists,
  2. gironny,
  3. girosol,
  4. girr,
  5. girsh,
  6. girth,
  7. girtin,
  8. girtin, thomas,
  9. girtline,
  10. gis

girt

2
[gurt]

verb (used with object)

girt

3
[gurt]

noun, verb (used with object)

girt

4
[gurt]

noun

Carpentry.
  1. a timber or plate connecting the corner posts of an exterior wooden frame, as a braced frame, at a floor above the ground floor.
  2. a heavy beam, as for supporting the ends of rafters.
Printing. (in certain hand presses) one of a pair of leather straps having one end fastened to the bed and the other to the rounce, for drawing the bed under the platen.

Origin of girt

4
First recorded in 1555–65; alteration of girth

gird

1
[gurd]

verb (used with object), gird·ed or girt, gird·ing.

to encircle or bind with a belt or band.
to surround; enclose; hem in.
to prepare (oneself) for action: He girded himself for the trial ahead.
to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength.

Origin of gird

1
before 950; Middle English girden, Old English gyrdan; cognate with German gürten

Related formsgird·ing·ly, adverb

gird

2
[gurd]

verb (used without object)

to gibe; jeer (usually followed by at).

verb (used with object)

to gibe or jeer at; taunt.

noun

a gibe.

Origin of gird

2
1175–1225; Middle English gyrd a stroke, blow, hence a cutting remark, derivative of girden to strike, smite < ?

Related formsgird·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for girt

girt

1

verb

a past tense and past participle of gird 1

adjective

nautical moored securely to prevent swinging

verb

(tr) to bind or encircle; gird
to measure the girth of (something)

gird

1

verb girds, girding, girded or girt (tr)

to put a belt, girdle, etc, around (the waist or hips)
to bind or secure with or as if with a beltto gird on one's armour
to surround; encircle
to prepare (oneself) for action (esp in the phrase gird (up) one's loins)
to endow with a rank, attribute, etc, esp knighthood

Word Origin for gird

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

gird

2

verb

(when intr, foll by at) to jeer (at someone); mock
(tr) to strike (a blow at someone)
(intr) to move at high speed

noun

  1. a blow or stroke
  2. a taunt; gibe
a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)

Word Origin for gird

C13 girden to strike, cut, of unknown origin

gird

3

noun

Scot a hoop, esp a child's hoopAlso: girr

Word Origin for gird

a Scot variant of girth

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Word Origin and History for girt
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