gird

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Heracles girding Antaeus

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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English gyrdan (to put a belt around, to put a girdle around). Cognate with Albanian ngërthej (to tie together by weaving, to bind).

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gird (third-person singular simple present girds, present participle girding, simple past and past participle girded or girt)

  1. (transitive) To bind with a flexible rope or cord.
    The fasces were girt about with twine in bundles large.
  2. (transitive) To encircle with, or as if with a belt.
    The lady girt herself with silver chain, from which she hung a golden shear.
    Our home is girt by sea... - Advance Australia Fair
  3. (transitive) To prepare oneself for an action.
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Noun[edit]

gird (plural girds)

  1. A sarcastic remark.
    • Shakespeare
      I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.
  2. A stroke with a rod or switch.
  3. A severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
    • Tillotson
      Conscience [] is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels.
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gird (third-person singular simple present girds, present participle girding, simple past and past participle girded)

  1. (transitive) To jeer at.
    • Shakespeare
      Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
  2. (intransitive) To jeer.
    • Shakespeare
      Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me.
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