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[gurd] /gɜrd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to gibe; jeer (usually followed by at).
verb (used with object)
2.
to gibe or jeer at; taunt.
noun
3.
a gibe.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English gyrd a stroke, blow, hence a cutting remark, derivative of girden to strike, smite < ?
Related forms
girdingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for gird at

gird1

/ɡɜːd/
verb (transitive) girds, girding, girded, girt
1.
to put a belt, girdle, etc, around (the waist or hips)
2.
to bind or secure with or as if with a belt to gird on one's armour
3.
to surround; encircle
4.
to prepare (oneself) for action (esp in the phrase gird (up) one's loins)
5.
to endow with a rank, attribute, etc, esp knighthood
Word Origin
Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse gyrtha, Old High German gurten

gird2

/ɡɜːd/
verb
1.
when intr, foll by at. to jeer (at someone); mock
2.
(transitive) to strike (a blow at someone)
3.
(intransitive) to move at high speed
noun
4.
  1. a blow or stroke
  2. a taunt; gibe
5.
a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)
Word Origin
C13 girden to strike, cut, of unknown origin

gird3

/ɡɪrd/
noun
1.
(Scot) a hoop, esp a child's hoop Also girr
Word Origin
a Scot variant of girth
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Word Origin and History for gird at
gird
O.E. gyrdan "put a belt or girdle around," from P.Gmc. *gurthjanan (cf. O.N. gyrða, O.Fris. gerda, O.H.G. gurtan, Ger. Gürten). Related to O.E. geard "hedge, enclosure" (see yard (1)). Girder "main beam that carries flooring" is first attested 1611.
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