girth


1girth

noun \ˈgərth\

: the size of someone or something measured around the middle

: a band or strap placed around the body of an animal (such as a horse) to hold something (such as a saddle) on its back

Full Definition of GIRTH

1
:  a band or strap that encircles the body of an animal to fasten something (as a saddle) on its back
2
a :  a measure around a body <a man of more than average girth> <the girth of a tree>
b :  size, dimensions

Examples of GIRTH

  1. The tree is about two meters in girth.
  2. a person of large girth
  3. a girth of about two meters

Origin of GIRTH

Middle English, from Old Norse gjǫrth; akin to Old English gyrdan to gird
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with GIRTH

2girth

verb

Definition of GIRTH

transitive verb
1
:  encircle
2
:  to bind or fasten with a girth
3
:  to measure the girth of

Examples of GIRTH

  1. <you'll need to make sure you girth the saddle tightly or you'll fall off the horse>
  2. <his arms couldn't quite girth the stone column>

First Known Use of GIRTH

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

girth

noun \ˈgərth\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GIRTH

: a measure around a body

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