One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Encircle (a person or part of the body) with a belt or band.‘a young man was to be girded with the belt of knighthood’
- ‘A golden belt girded his waist.’
- ‘I invest him with your robe, gird him with your sash, entrust him with your authority; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the House of Judah.’
- ‘Once elected, the two winners were girt with a sword as Knights of the Shire.’
- ‘But when the fabric is girding my middle and slung over my shoulder, Brian tells me that I look like an African prince.’
- ‘One believer will gird him or herself with a towel, bend a knee, and wash the feet of another in a simple basin, drying the feet with the towel that is wrapped around the waist.’
- 1.1 Secure (a garment or sword) on the body with a belt or band.‘a white robe girded with a magenta sash’
fasten, belt, bind, tieView synonyms
- ‘They gird their weapons, mount their horses, and form into groups in the guise of a troop of soldiers.’
- ‘The bushes rustled, and around us three more men, all with swords girt at their sides, stepped out.’
- ‘Soon his shoes were being girded with golden spurs.’
- ‘One was prepared to leave, and had only to gird his sword about his waist, when the other spoke suddenly.’
- ‘Instead, he was dressed in a loose black robe with no sleeves, girt at the waist with a white metal belt.’
- 1.2 Surround; encircle.‘the ruins are girded by two deep gorges’
surround, enclose, encircle, circle, ring, encompass, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, form a ring around, form a barrier roundView synonyms
- ‘In the eastern section were three broad stone pillars supporting the balcony above, which girded the guest rooms on the second floor.’
- ‘I thought of our pilgrimages out of the city, the slow tide of traffic to the shore or family visits, a cincture of security and welcome girding the suburbs and beyond.’
- ‘Well that's interesting, because we sing in our national anthem that ‘Our land is girt by sea’, but we have been slow to recognise its importance in indigenous culture.’
gird (up) one's loins (or gird oneself for something)
literary Prepare and strengthen oneself for future actions, typically ones that may be dangerous or difficult.
prepare, get ready, make ready, gear up, nerve, steel, galvanize, brace, strengthen, fortify, bolster, buttressView synonyms
- ‘You get more tired and less able to take the stress and to gird your loins and take on another day.’
- ‘I think she should have told him and let the family gird their loins against it.’
- ‘However he never gave up and continually sought to gird his loins with courage.’
- ‘But I girded my loins and I gritted my teeth and I did it - with only a slight hint at tears welling up in my eyes.’
- ‘He calls on ‘progressives’ everywhere to gird their loins for a battle for humanity.’
- ‘Quite how I am going to gird my loins to restart studying in October, I am not sure.’
- ‘Meantime, it is essential that we do gird our loins and fight this latest takeover of our right to farm.’
- ‘So after breakfast I brush my teeth, gird my loins and set off into the mythical morning.’
- ‘This, then, is the time when we should be taking our last quiet pleasures whilst we gird our loins for the coming assault.’
- ‘The ruse of hiding the newspapers no longer works because nowadays when they cannot find them they put two and two together and gird themselves for a funeral.’
Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gorden and German gürten, also to girdle and girth.
Make cutting or critical remarks.‘the clubmen girded at the Committee’
A cutting or critical remark.‘his girds were oblique, and touched to the quick’
Middle English (in the sense ‘strike, stab’): of unknown origin.
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