The Moor, who had resumed his native dress, at once girt his djellab about him and prepared to descend the hillside.
Then girt him Beowulf in martial mail, nor mourned for his life.
Thereafter he was girt with a sword, and asked what the blade might signify.
I's only a laal man, but I's got a girt appetite, thoo sees.
But the further it penetrates the less scouring force it has, and as a result no island is girt completely by a low-water channel.
Nobody could doubt that he had wandered in Siberian forests, naked and girt with a chain.
And girt fires a-burnin' at night loike ricks—a terrible blissey on the hills.
Your hand has girt it round about with cliffs and peopled it with a peaceful race.
Her palace is girt by thick walls, flanked with massive towers.
He turned to the girt who sat on the keel, silent, looking away to sea.
Old English gyrdan "put a belt or girdle around; encircle, surround; invest with attributes," from Proto-Germanic *gurthjanan (cf. Old Norse gyrða, Old Saxon gurdian, Old Frisian gerda, Dutch gorden, Old High German gurtan, German gürten). Related to Old English geard "hedge, enclosure" (see yard (n.1)). Related: Girded; girding.
Throughout its whole history the English word is chiefly employed in rhetorical language, in many instances with more or less direct allusion to biblical passages. [OED]