verb (1)
\ ˈgərd How to pronounce gird (audio) \
girded\ ˈgər-​dəd How to pronounce gird (audio) \ or girt\ ˈgərt How to pronounce gird (audio) \; girding

Definition of gird

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to prepare (oneself) for action
2a : 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
3 : provide, equip especially : to invest with the sword of knighthood

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


verb (2)
girded; girding; girds

Definition of gird (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Definition of gird (Entry 3 of 3)

: a sarcastic remark

Synonyms & Antonyms for gird

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb (1)

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Examples of gird in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of gird

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

Verb (2)

1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gird

Verb (1)

Middle English girden "to encircle the waist of, put a belt about, prepare (oneself)," going back to Old English gyrdan "to encircle with a belt, equip," going back to Germanic *gurđjan- (whence also Old Saxon gurdian "to encircle with a belt," Old High German gurten, Old Norse gyrða), probably from a zero-grade derivative of the Indo-European root seen in *ghorto- or *ghordho- "enclosure" — more at yard entry 1

Verb (2)

Middle English, to strike, thrust

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“Gird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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\ ˈgərd How to pronounce gird (audio) \
girded or girt\ ˈgərt \; girding

Kids Definition of gird

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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