An example of gird is using a belt to make a pair of pants tighter.
transitive verbgird′ed or girt, gird′ing
- 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 of girdMiddle English girden from Old English gyrdan, akin to German gürten from Indo-European base an unverified form gherdh-, to enclose from source yard
Origin of girdMiddle 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 strike with a rod from gierd, gerd, a rod (see yard): influenced, influence by gird
verbgird·ed, or girt gird·ing, girds
- a. To encircle (a person or the part of the body) with a belt or band.b. To fasten or secure (clothing, for example) with a belt or band.c. To surround.
- To prepare (oneself) for action.
Origin of girdMiddle English girden from Old English gyrdan ; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
intr. & tr.v.gird·ed, gird·ing, girds
Origin of girdMiddle English girden to strike
(third-person singular simple present girds, present participle girding, simple past and past participle girded or girt)
Old English gyrdan (“to put a belt around, to put a girdle around”). Cognate with Albanian ngërthej (“to tie together by weaving, to bind”).
(third-person singular simple present girds, present participle girding, simple past and past participle girded)