- 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
1300–50; Middle English girth, gerth < Old Norse gerth girdle; akin to gird1
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- 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
C14: from Old Norse gjörth belt; related to Gothic gairda girdle 1; see gird 1
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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.
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