1 [gurd]
verb (used with object), girded or girt, girding.
to encircle or bind with a belt or band.
to surround; enclose; hem in.
to prepare (oneself) for action: He girded himself for the trial ahead.
to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength.

before 950; Middle English girden, Old English gyrdan; cognate with German gürten

girdingly, adverb

3. brace, steel, fortify, strengthen. Unabridged


2 [gurd]
verb (used without object)
to gibe; jeer (usually followed by at ).
verb (used with object)
to gibe or jeer at; taunt.
a gibe.

1175–1225; Middle English gyrd a stroke, blow, hence a cutting remark, derivative of girden to strike, smite < ?

girdingly, adverb Unabridged
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gird1 (ɡɜːd)
vb , 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
[Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse gyrtha, Old High German gurten]

gird2 (ɡɜːd)
vb (when intr, foll by at)
1.  to jeer (at someone); mock
2.  (tr) to strike (a blow at someone)
3.  (intr) to move at high speed
4.  a.  a blow or stroke
 b.  a taunt; gibe
5.  a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)
[C13 girden to strike, cut, of unknown origin]

gird3 (ɡɪrd)
(Scot) Also: girr a hoop, esp a child's hoop
[a Scot variant of girth]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Straps that gird the bags will allow the crane operator to move any that did not settle in the right place.
It is critical that the surveyor's gird stakes remain in place until after the system is installed and inspected.
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