Definition of girth in US English:

girth

noun

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

    • ‘His immense height and girth made him seem like a bull, enraged and ready to charge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was a somewhat plain woman, her former slenderness surrendering gracefully to the greater girth of middle age and childbearing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adam is 45 feet tall and measures 10 feet 7 inches in girth.’
    • ‘Waist and hip girths were measured standing, at the level of the umbilicus and the level of maximal gluteal protrusion, respectively.’
    • ‘Tree species, numbers, individual girth or height of trees and plants, their arrangement within the space, and area of the space were all recorded.’
    • ‘Prior to testing, we weighed each dog and measured its girth just behind the front legs.’
    • ‘Neck circumference and waist and hip girth were measured using a tape measure.’
    • ‘The Count was a man of immense girth, but he was nothing compared to his younger brother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Capped above and lighted around, the tree grew in girth, but not height.’
    • ‘But coach Gregg Williams prefers quickness over excess girth in the middle of his defense.’
    • ‘The female figure is decidedly larger in stature than her male counterpart, both in height and in girth.’
    • ‘Can you imagine the immense girth of a fish like that?’
    • ‘Neck, waist, and hip girth, skinfold thickness, and fasting serum levels of lipids, glucose, insulin, and leptin were compared between these two groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    circumference, width, perimeter
    cinch
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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.

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

verb

[with object]archaic
  • Surround; encircle.

    ‘the four seas that girth Britain’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

girth

/ɡərθ//ɡərTH/