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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Verb Gird has 3 senses


Girdn. [See Yard a measure.].
  •  A stroke with a rod or switch; a severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.  [1913 Webster]
    "Conscience . . . is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A cut; a sarcastic remark; a gibe; a sneer.  [1913 Webster]
    "I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio."  [1913 Webster]
Girdv. t. [See Gird, n., and cf. Girde, v.].
  •  To strike; to smite.  [1913 Webster]
    "To slay him and to girden off his head."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To sneer at; to mock; to gibe.  [1913 Webster]
    "Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods."  [1913 Webster]
Girdv. i. 
     To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe sarcasms.  [1913 Webster]
    "Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me."  [1913 Webster]
Girdv. t. [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. gÜrten, Icel. gyr, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. bigaírdan to begird, and prob. to E. yard an inclosure. Cf. Girth, n. & v., Girt, v. t.].
  •  To encircle or bind with any flexible band.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle, bandage, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To surround; to encircle, or encompass.  [1913 Webster]
    "That Nyseian isle,
    Girt with the River Triton.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To clothe; to swathe; to invest.  [1913 Webster]
    "I girded thee about with fine linen."  [1913 Webster]
    "The Son . . . appeared
    Girt with omnipotence.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To prepare; to make ready; to equip; as, to gird one's self for a contest.  [1913 Webster]
    "Thou hast girded me with strength."  [1913 Webster]
    "Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off."
    "He girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab."  [1913 Webster]
    "Gird up the loins of your mind."


Gird, v.tr. (past and past part. girded or girt) literary 1 encircle, attach, or secure with a belt or band.
2 secure (clothes) on the body with a girdle or belt.
3 enclose or encircle.
4 a (foll. by with) equip with a sword in a belt. b fasten (a sword) with a belt.
5 (foll. by round) place (cord etc.) round.

gird (or gird up) one's loins prepare for action.
Gird, v. & n.
--v.intr. (foll. by at) jeer or gibe.
--n. a gibe or taunt.

ME, = strike etc.: orig. unkn.



band, bandage, beef up, begird, belt, belt in, bend, beset, bind, bind up, bolster, brace, brace up, bundle, buttress, case harden, chain, cinch, cincture, circle, confirm, dispose, do up, encincture, encircle, encompass, engird, ensphere, fleer, flout, forearm, fortify, gibe, girdle, girt, girth, harden, hem, invigorate, jeer, jest, lace, lash, leash, loop, nerve, prepare, prop, ready, refresh, reinforce, reinvigorate, restrengthen, ring, rope, round, shore up, sneer, splice, steel, stiffen, strap, strengthen, support, sustain, swaddle, swathe, temper, tie, tie up, toughen, truss, twine around, undergird, whet the knife, wire, wrap, wrap up, wreathe, wreathe around, zone




VB join, unite, conjoin, connect, associate, put together, lay together, clap together, hang together, lump together, hold together, piece together, tack together, fix together, bind up together together, embody, reembody, roll into one, attach, fix, affix, saddle on, fasten, bind, secure, clinch, twist, make fast, tie, pinion, string, strap, sew, lace, tat, stitch, tack, knit, button, buckle, hitch, lash, truss, bandage, braid, splice, swathe, gird, tether, moor, picket, harness, chain, fetter, lock, latch, belay, brace, hook, grapple, leash, couple, accouple, link, yoke, bracket, marry, bridge over, span, braze, pin, nail, bolt, hasp, clasp, clamp, crimp, screw, rivet, impact, solder, set, weld together, fuse together, wedge, rabbet, mortise, miter, jam, dovetail, enchase, graft, ingraft, inosculate, entwine, intwine, interlink, interlace, intertwine, intertwist, interweave, entangle, twine round, belay, tighten, trice up, screw up, be joined, hang together, hold together, cohere.


VB be strong, be stronger, overmatch, render strong, give strength, strengthen, invigorate, brace, nerve, fortify, sustain, harden, case harden, steel, gird, screw up, wind up, set up, gird up one's loins, brace up one's loins, recruit, set on one's legs, vivify, refresh, refect, reinforce, reenforce.


VB lie around, surround, beset, compass, encompass, environ, inclose, enclose, encircle, embrace, circumvent, lap, gird, belt, begird, engird, skirt, twine round, hem in.


VB hold in disrespect, misprize, disregard, slight, trifle with, set at naught, pass by, push aside, overlook, turn one's back upon, laugh in one's sleeve, be disrespectful, be discourteous, treat with disrespect, set down, put down, browbeat, dishonor, desecrate, insult, affront, outrage, speak slightingly of, disparage, vilipend, vilify, call names, throw dirt, fling dirt, drag through the mud, point at, indulge in personalities, make mouths, make faces, bite the thumb, take by the beard, pluck by the beard, toss in a blanket, tar and feather, have in derision, hold in derision, deride, scoff, barrack, sneer, laugh at, snigger, ridicule, gibe, mock, jeer, hiss, hoot, taunt, twit, niggle, gleek, gird, flout, fleer, roast, turn into ridicule, burlesque, laugh to scorn, smoke, fool, make game of, make a fool of, make an April fool of, play a practical joke, lead one a dance, run the rig upon, have a fling at, scout, mob.

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