Definition of girth in US English:



  • 1The measurement around the middle of something, especially a person's waist.

    • ‘Measuring ten metres in girth, weighing 23 tons and knocking on a bit at about 800 years old, the tree is an impressive - if ungainly - sight.’
    • ‘Tree species, numbers, individual girth or height of trees and plants, their arrangement within the space, and area of the space were all recorded.’
    • ‘The snorers had a significantly higher weight, BMI, neck girth, waist girth, and hip girth as compared with nonsnorers.’
    • ‘When measuring girth, at 4 1/2 feet above the ground, make sure your tape is perpendicular to the axis of the trunk.’
    • ‘Neck circumference and waist and hip girth were measured using a tape measure.’
    • ‘Can you imagine the immense girth of a fish like that?’
    • ‘But coach Gregg Williams prefers quickness over excess girth in the middle of his defense.’
    • ‘Drew dropped into an en garde stance and beckoned for the other combatant - a big man who was nearly three times Drew's size in height and girth - to come on.’
    • ‘Waist and hip girths were measured standing, at the level of the umbilicus and the level of maximal gluteal protrusion, respectively.’
    • ‘The female figure is decidedly larger in stature than her male counterpart, both in height and in girth.’
    • ‘His immense height and girth made him seem like a bull, enraged and ready to charge.’
    • ‘She was a somewhat plain woman, her former slenderness surrendering gracefully to the greater girth of middle age and childbearing.’
    • ‘The trees overshot their expected height and girth, and have now begun to outlive their lifespan.’
    • ‘A limited physical examination was performed in which the height, weight, neck, waist and hip girth, and blood pressure were measured.’
    • ‘Neck, waist, and hip girth, skinfold thickness, and fasting serum levels of lipids, glucose, insulin, and leptin were compared between these two groups.’
    • ‘Capped above and lighted around, the tree grew in girth, but not height.’
    • ‘Prior to testing, we weighed each dog and measured its girth just behind the front legs.’
    • ‘The Count was a man of immense girth, but he was nothing compared to his younger brother.’
    • ‘His height nearly matched his girth, and the gold ornamentation continued from waist down, with his belt and even his boot buckles being made of the precious metal.’
    • ‘Adam is 45 feet tall and measures 10 feet 7 inches in girth.’
    circumference, width, perimeter
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    1. 1.1 A person's middle or stomach, especially when large.
      • ‘I look tiny compared to the immense girth that I am now sporting.’
      • ‘No doubt contributing to her girth was the circumstance of having borne her royal lover six children.’
      stomach, midriff, middle, abdomen, belly, gut
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  • 2A band attached to a saddle, used to secure it on a horse by being fastened around its belly.

    • ‘So even if the girth gives, the saddle will stay on the horse's back.’
    • ‘She unlinked his saddle and threw the girth over it.’
    • ‘Walking over to the side, I unhooked the girth and slid the saddle off, putting it on the outer fence.’
    • ‘Leading him to a tree and commanding him to halt she hefted the saddle on and fastened the girth.’
    • ‘Put the saddle on the horse, but don't tighten the girth too much right away.’


[with object]archaic
  • Surround; encircle.

    ‘the four seas that girth Britain’


Middle English (in girth (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old Norse gjǫrth.