- When you have a 32 inch waist size, this is an example of a time when you have a 32 inch girth.
- A strap that is used to hold a saddle on a horse is an example of a girth.
- a band put around the belly of a horse or other animal for holding a saddle, pack, etc.
- the circumference, as of a tree trunk or person's waist
Origin of girthMiddle English gerth from Old Norse gjörth from base of gyrtha, to encircle, akin to Old English gyrdan: see gird
- to girdle; encircle
- to fasten or bind with a girth
- The distance around something; the circumference.
- Size; bulk: a person of large girth.
- A strap encircling an animal's body in order to secure a load or saddle on its back; a cinch.
transitive verbgirthed, girth·ing, girths
- To measure the circumference of.
- To encircle.
- To secure with a girth.
Origin of girthMiddle English gerth girth strap from Old Norse gjördh girdle ; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present girths, present participle girthing, simple past and past participle girthed)
- To bind as if with a girth or band.
Old Norse gjǫrð (whence the Icelandic gjörð), akin to Gothic (gairda), German Gurt. Cognate with Albanian ngërthej (“to tie, bind, fasten”).