From a metathetic variation of gird (“to strike, smite, upbraid, scold, jibe”), from Middle English girden, gerden (“to strike, thrust, smite”, literally “smite with a rod”), from gerd, yerd (“a rod, yard”). More at yard.
- (obsolete, transitive) To pierce (something) with a weapon; to wound, to stab.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To travel through something, of a weapon or sharp object.
1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, London: William Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book II, canto VIII, page 300–301:
- So ſtoutly he withſtood their ſtrong aſſay, / Till that at laſt, when he aduantage ſpyde, / His poynant ſpeare he thruſt with puiſſant ſway / At proud Cymochles, whiles his ſhield was wyde, / That through his thigh the mortall ſteele did gryde […]
- To produce a grinding or scraping sound.
To produce a grinding or scraping sound