- the measure around anything; circumference.
- a band that passes underneath a horse or other animal to hold a saddle in place, especially one having a buckle at each end for fastening to straps running from under the flaps of the saddle.
- something that encircles; a band or girdle.
- to bind or fasten with a girth.
- to girdle; encircle.
Origin of girth
Examples from the Web for girth
Contemporary Examples of girth
The couch is too deep, and he is growing heavier; he will be Buddha-like in girth at some point soon.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
February 23, 2014
Frida is a colossal woman, in girth and stature, and she becomes the dark star at the center of this disconcerting debut.Caught in Her Mind: Fiona McFarlane’s ‘The Night Guest’
October 7, 2013
Fairly or not, many people see that kind of amplitude of girth as a sign of irresponsibility or lack of discipline or something.The Christie Girth
December 14, 2012
First came Kevin Smith, who was not allowed to board a Southwest Airlines flight because of his girth.Celebrity Rants! Courtney Love, Ashley Judd & More Stars Uncensored
April 15, 2012
Mark Spiegler waddles, shifting his girth from one foot to the other, swaying slightly side to side.At AVN Weekend with Porn's Top Talent Agent
January 8, 2011
Historical Examples of girth
Let me but get my girth tightened and we may soon be out of danger's way.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was a tree that might have had some twelve feet of girth.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The saddle was black with long skirts, an' it had only one girth.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
He had the girth of an earth in him and had to do something with it.The Voice of the Machines
Gerald Stanley Lee
Those he measured were only twenty-one feet long, and two feet in girth.The Western World
- the distance around something; circumference
- size or bulka man of great girth
- a band around a horse's belly to keep the saddle in position
- (usually foll by up) to fasten a girth on (a horse)
- (tr) to encircle or surround
Word Origin for girth
c.1300, "belt around a horse's body," from Old Norse gjorð "girdle, belt, hoop," from Proto-Germanic *gertu- (cf Gothic gairda "girdle"), from the same source as gird. Sense of "measurement around an object" first recorded 1640s.