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gird

verb \ ˈgərd \

Definition of gird

girded play \ˈgər-dəd\ or girt play \ˈgərt\; girding
transitive verb
1 a : 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 belt
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
  • both sides are girding for battle
gird one's loins
: 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


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gird

verb

Definition of gird

transitive verb
: to sneer at : mock
intransitive verb
: 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


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gird

noun

Definition of gird

: 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

First Known Use of gird

1566


GIRD Defined for Kids

gird

verb \ ˈgərd \

Definition of gird for Students

girded or girt \ˈgərt\; girding
1 : to encircle or fasten with or as if with a belt or cord
  • Her waist was girded with a purple sash.
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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