- Gird is defined as to tighten or enclose with a band or belt.
An example of gird is using a belt to make a pair of pants tighter.
- to encircle or fasten with a belt or band
- to surround, encircle, or enclose
- to equip, furnish, clothe, etc.
- to endow with some attribute
- to prepare (oneself) for action
Origin: Middle English girden from Old English gyrdan, akin to German gürten from Indo-European base an unverified form gherdh-, to enclose from source yard
Origin: Middle English girden, to strike, assail with words from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old English an unverified form gyrdan for an unverified form gierdan, literally , to rod from gierd, gerd, a rod (see yard): influenced, influence by gird
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verb gird·ed or girt , gird·ing, girds verb, transitive
- a. To encircle with a belt or band.b. To fasten or secure (clothing, for example) with a belt or band.c. To surround. See Synonyms at surround.
- To equip or endow.
- To prepare (oneself) for action.
Origin: Middle English girden, from Old English gyrdan; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
intr. & tr.v. gird·ed, gird·ing, girds
Origin: Middle English girden, to strike.
gird - Phrases/Idioms
gird (up) (one's) loins