Main definitions of gird in English

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gird1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 Secure (a garment or sword) on the body with a belt or band.
      ‘a white robe girded with a magenta sash’
      • ‘Soon his shoes were being girded with golden spurs.’
      • ‘The bushes rustled, and around us three more men, all with swords girt at their sides, stepped out.’
      • ‘They gird their weapons, mount their horses, and form into groups in the guise of a troop of soldiers.’
      • ‘Instead, he was dressed in a loose black robe with no sleeves, girt at the waist with a white metal belt.’
      • ‘One was prepared to leave, and had only to gird his sword about his waist, when the other spoke suddenly.’
      fasten, belt, bind, tie
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    2. 1.2 Surround; encircle.
      ‘the ruins are girded by two deep gorges’
      • ‘In the eastern section were three broad stone pillars supporting the balcony above, which girded the guest rooms on the second floor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      surround, enclose, encircle, circle, ring, encompass, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, form a ring around, form a barrier round
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Phrases

  • 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.

      • ‘I think she should have told him and let the family gird their loins against it.’
      • ‘Quite how I am going to gird my loins to restart studying in October, I am not sure.’
      • ‘He calls on ‘progressives’ everywhere to gird their loins for a battle for humanity.’
      • ‘So after breakfast I brush my teeth, gird my loins and set off into the mythical morning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This, then, is the time when we should be taking our last quiet pleasures whilst we gird our loins for the coming assault.’
      • ‘Meantime, it is essential that we do gird our loins and fight this latest takeover of our right to farm.’
      • ‘You get more tired and less able to take the stress and to gird your loins and take on another day.’
      • ‘However he never gave up and continually sought to gird his loins with courage.’
      • ‘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.’
      prepare, get ready, make ready, gear up, nerve, steel, galvanize, brace, strengthen, fortify, bolster, buttress
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Origin

Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gorden and German gürten, also to girdle and girth.

Pronunciation

gird

/ɡəːd/

Main definitions of gird in English

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gird2

verb

[NO OBJECT]archaic
  • Make cutting or critical remarks.

    ‘the clubmen girded at the Committee’

noun

archaic
  • A cutting or critical remark.

    ‘his girds were oblique, and touched to the quick’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘strike, stab’): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

gird

/ɡəːd/