Origin of ungirt

First recorded in 1250–1300, ungirt is from the Middle English word ungyrt. See un-1, girt1


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.

Origin of ungird

before 900; Middle English ungirden, Old English ungyrdan; see un-2, gird1; cognate with German entgürten
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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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