• Gird


    • RP IPA: /ɡɜːd/
    • US IPA: /ɡɝd/

    Origin 1

    Old English gyrdan ("to put a belt around, to put a girdle around"). Cognate with Albanian ngërthej ("to tie together by weaving, to bind").

    Full definition of gird


    1. (transitive) To bind with a flexible rope or cord.The fasces were girt about with twine in bundles large.
    2. (transitive) To encircle with, or as if with a belt.The lady girt herself with silver chain, from which she hung a golden shear.Our home is girt by sea... - Advance Australia Fair
    3. (transitive) To prepare oneself for an action.

    Origin 2



    (plural girds)
    1. A sarcastic remark.
      • ShakespeareI thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.
    2. A stroke with a rod or switch.
    3. A severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
      • TillotsonConscience ... is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels.


    1. (transitive) To jeer at.
      • ShakespeareBeing moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
    2. (intransitive) To jeer.
      • ShakespeareMen of all sorts take a pride to gird at me.


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