[ gur-dl ]
/ ˈgɜr dl /
See synonyms for: girdle / girdled / girdling on


verb (used with object), gir·dled, gir·dling.



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Origin of girdle

before 1000; Middle English; Old English gyrdel, derivative of girdan to gird1


gir·dle·like, adjectivegir·dling·ly, adverbun·gir·dle, verb (used with object), un·gir·dled, un·gir·dling. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for girdle

  • The burghers who followed the half-clad officials were fully dressed but they, too, were barefoot and ungirdled.

    Charles the Bold|Ruth Putnam
  • It has an old, well-established look; a place of relaxation with restraint, not of ungirdled frivolity.

    The Valley of Vision|Henry Van Dyke
  • A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air.

    Ulysses|James Joyce
  • You of the cassock clan enjoy privileges denied to us, the ungirdled sons of Belial.

    A Speckled Bird|Augusta J. Evans Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for girdle (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɡɜːdəl) /


verb (tr)

Derived forms of girdle

girdle-like, adjective

Word Origin for girdle

Old English gyrdel, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse gyrthill, Old Frisian gerdel, Old High German gurtila; see gird 1

British Dictionary definitions for girdle (2 of 2)

/ (ˈɡɜːdəl) /


Scot and Northern English dialect another word for griddle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for girdle

[ gûrdl ]


Something that encircles like a belt.
An elasticized, flexible undergarment worn over the waist and hips.
The pelvic or pectoral girdle.
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Scientific definitions for girdle

[ gûrdl ]

To kill a tree or woody shrub by removing or destroying a band of bark and cambium from its circumference. The plants die because the distribution of food down from the leaves (through the phloem) and sometimes the flow of water and nutrients up from the roots (through the xylem) is disrupted, and the cambium can no longer regenerate these vascular tissues to repair the damage. Unwanted trees, such as invasive or nonnative species, are often eliminated by girdling. Some plant diseases kill trees by destroying a ring of cambium and so girdling them. Gnawing animals, especially rodents, can also girdle trees.
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