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verb (used with object), un·gird·ed or un·girt, un·gird·ing.
  1. to loosen or remove a girdle or belt from.
  2. to loosen or remove by unfastening a belt: to ungird a sword.
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Origin of ungird

before 900; Middle English ungirden, Old English ungyrdan; see un-2, gird1; cognate with German entgürten
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Examples from the Web for ungird

Historical Examples of ungird

  • For on retiring they ungird the sack, and the part which they doubled about the knees they put up to the head.

    The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55

    Francisco Colin

  • Uncover your heads, ungird your garments and cast the bones of your mother behind you.

Word Origin and History for ungird


Old English ongyrde, from un- (2) "opposite of" + gird. Cf. Middle Dutch ontgorden, Old High German ingurten, German entgürten. Related: Ungirded; ungirding.

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