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girth

noun \ ˈgərth \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of girth

1 :a band or strap that encircles the body of an animal to fasten something (such 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

Examples of girth in a Sentence

  1. The tree is about two meters in girth.

  2. a person of large girth

  3. a girth of about two meters

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Origin and Etymology of girth

Middle English, from Old Norse gjǫrth; akin to Old English gyrdan to gird

girth Synonyms

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girth

verb

Definition of girth

transitive verb
2 :to bind or fasten with a band or strap
3 :to measure around the body of something

Examples of girth in a Sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of girth

see 1girth

girth Synonyms

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


GIRTH Defined for English Language Learners

girth

noun

Definition of girth for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GIRTH Defined for Kids

girth

noun \ ˈgərth \

Definition of girth for Students

1 :the measure or distance around something
  • the girth of a tree
2 :a band put around the body of an animal to hold something (as a saddle) on its back

Medical Dictionary

girth

noun \ ˈgərth \

medical Definition of girth

:a measure around a body


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