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[ uhn-gurd ]
/ ʌnˈgɜrd /

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

to loosen or remove a girdle or belt from.
to loosen or remove by unfastening a belt: to ungird a sword.

Nearby words

ungaretti, ungava, ungava bay, ungava peninsula, ungenerous, ungird, ungirt, unglamorous, unglue, unglued, ungodly

Origin of ungird

before 900; Middle English ungirden, Old English ungyrdan; see un-2, gird1; cognate with German entgürten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ungird

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

    Myths and Legends of All Nations|Various
  • For on retiring they ungird the sack, and the part which they doubled about the knees they put up to the head.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper