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gird

play
verb \ˈgərd\

Definition of gird

girded

play \ˈgər-dəd\ or

girt

play \ˈgərt\

girding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  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

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

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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