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gird

play
verb \ˈgərd\

Definition of gird

girded

play \ˈgər-dəd\ or

girt

play \ˈgərt\;

girding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to encircle or bind with a flexible band (such as a belt)b :  to make (something, such as clothing or a sword ) fast or secure (as with a cord or belt) gird a sword by a beltc :  surround

  3. 2 :  provide, equip; especially :  to invest with the sword of knighthood

  4. 3 :  to prepare (oneself) for action

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to prepare for action both sides are girding for battle

gird one's loins

  1. :  to prepare for action :  muster up one's resources

Origin and Etymology of gird

Middle English, from Old English gyrdan; akin to Old English geard yard — more at yard


First Known Use: before 12th century


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gird

verb

Definition of gird

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to sneer at :  mock

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  gibe, rail An unbearable ill-humour settled on the ship: men, mates, and master, girding at one another all day long. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Origin and Etymology of gird

Middle English, to strike, thrust


First Known Use: 1546


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gird

noun

Definition of gird

  1. :  a sarcastic remark

Examples of gird in a Sentence

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

1566

First Known Use of gird

1566



GIRD Defined for Kids

gird

play
verb \ˈgərd\

Definition of gird for Students

girded

or

girt

\ˈgərt\;

girding

  1. 1 :  to encircle or fasten with or as if with a belt or cord Her waist was girded with a purple sash.

  2. 2 :  to prepare for conflict or for some difficult task When he heard Dana bellow, Roy closed his eyes and girded himself for the worst. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot



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