From Middle English girden, gerden, gürden, from Old English gyrdan (“to put a belt around, to put a girdle around”), from Proto-Germanic *gurdijaną (“to gird”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰerdʰ-. Cognate with West Frisian gurdzje, girdzje, Dutch gorden, German gürten, Swedish gjorda, Icelandic gyrða, Albanian ngërthej (“to tie together by weaving, to bind”).
- (transitive) To bind with a flexible rope or cord.
- The fasces were girt about with twine in bundles large.
- (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
- (transitive) To prepare oneself for an action.
gird (plural girds)
- A sarcastic remark.
- I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.
- A stroke with a rod or switch.
- A severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
- Conscience […] is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels.
- (transitive) To jeer at.
- Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
- (intransitive) To jeer.
- Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me.