\ˈgərth \

Definition of girth 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a band or strap that encircles the body of an animal to fasten something (such as a saddle) on its back

2a : a measure around a body a man of more than average girth the girth of a tree

b : size, dimensions


girthed; girthing; girths

Definition of girth (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : encircle

2 : to bind or fasten with a band or strap

3 : to measure around the body of something

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Synonyms & Antonyms for girth

Synonyms: Noun


Synonyms: Verb

band, begird, belt, engird [archaic], engirdle, enwind, gird, girdle, girt, wrap

Antonyms: Verb

ungird, unwrap

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Examples of girth in a Sentence


The tree is about two meters in girth. a person of large girth a girth of about two meters


you'll need to make sure you girth the saddle tightly or you'll fall off the horse his arms couldn't quite girth the stone column
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then, about an hour later, he was led from the station house in TriBeCa and taken to the court at 100 Centre Street, his arms pinned behind him in three sets of handcuffs to accommodate his girth, a law enforcement official said. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Arrested on Rape Charges, Weinstein Posts $1 Million Bail," 25 May 2018 The shark was 14 feet long, with a fork length of 135 inches and a girth of 78 inches, according to Cedillo. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Texas fisherman reels in hammerhead shark 'catch of multiple lifetimes'," 16 July 2018 Beadnose, for example, was seated in her end-of-summer portrait in a girth-accentuating position that some observers compared to a Hershey’s Kiss, while other bears were shown standing. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "America’s fattest bear has now been crowned," 9 Oct. 2018 Their silence strikes me as much as their height and girth. Robert Earle Howells,, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 The unexpected catch was 6 feet 2 inches long, with a 30.5-inch girth. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Fishermen hoping to catch catfish reel in massive alligator gar, instead," 31 May 2018 About an hour later, he was led from the First Police Precinct in TriBeCa and taken to court on Centre Street to face rape charges, his arms pinned behind him in three sets of handcuffs to accommodate his girth, a law enforcement official said. Author: Benjamin Mueller, Alan Feuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Charged with rape, Weinstein posts $1 million bail and surrenders passport," 25 May 2018 Expect Dillon to provide depth and girth in Oregon's bigger offensive packages this fall. Andrew Nemec,, "Kano Dillon, South Florida graduate transfer TE, commits to Oregon Ducks," 22 Apr. 2018 The parts could have come from the world’s largest Tinker Toy set, determined strokes that lock into a horizontal truss of similar girth at the 20th floor, then angle back and continue their climb. John King,, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of girth


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for girth


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


see girth entry 1

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The first known use of girth was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of girth

: 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


\ˈgərth \

Kids Definition of girth

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


\ˈgərth \

Medical Definition of girth 

: a measure around a body

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a knickknack or trinket

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