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Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of girth (belt, circumference, brace)


girt (plural girts)

  1. A horizontal structural member of post and beam architecture, typically attached to bridge two or more vertical members such as corner posts.
    • 2013, Rob Roy, “Basic Timber Frame Structure”, in Timber Framing for the Rest of Us: A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, →ISBN:
      There are various ways of tying rafters to sidewalls, and the choices may vary depending on roof pitch. One of the most common is the use of “birdsmouths” cut into the rafter. A notch is cut into the rafter so that the rafter bears down flat upon the doubled top plate of stick framing, or upon the girt in heavy timber framing.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English girten (gird, encircle)


girt (third-person singular simple present girts, present participle girting, simple past and past participle girted)

  1. To gird.
  2. To bind horizontally, as with a belt or girdle.
  3. To measure the girth of.

Etymology 3[edit]

See gird



  1. simple past tense and past participle of gird


girt (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) Bound by a cable; used of a vessel so moored by two anchors that she swings against one of the cables by force of the current or tide.

Etymology 4[edit]


girt (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, rural dialect) Great.
    Then I opens the cupboard door and I sees a girt big spider looking up at me.