gird


1gird

verb \ˈgərd\
gird·ed \ˈgər-dəd\ or girt \ˈgərt\ gird·ing

Definition of GIRD

transitive verb
1
a :  to encircle or bind with a flexible band (as a belt)
b :  to make fast (as a sword by a belt or clothing with a cord)
c :  surround
2
:  provide, equip; especially :  to invest with the sword of knighthood
3
:  to prepare (oneself) for action
intransitive verb
:  to prepare for action
gird one's loins
:  to prepare for action :  muster up one's resources

Origin of GIRD

Middle English, from Old English gyrdan; akin to Old English geard yard — more at yard
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with GIRD

2gird

verb

Definition of GIRD

transitive verb
:  to sneer at :  mock
intransitive verb
:  gibe, rail

Origin of GIRD

Middle English, to strike, thrust
First Known Use: 1546

3gird

noun

Definition of GIRD

:  a sarcastic remark

Examples of GIRD

  1. <in her farewell speech, the departing governor got in some retaliatory girds at the media>

First Known Use of GIRD

1566

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