Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The distance around something; the circumference.
  • n. Size; bulk: a person of large girth.
  • n. A strap encircling an animal's body in order to secure a load or saddle on its back; a cinch.
  • transitive v. To measure the circumference of.
  • transitive v. To encircle.
  • transitive v. To secure with a girth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The distance measured around an object.
  • n. A band passed under the belly of an animal to hold various types of saddles in place.
  • n. One's waistline circumference, most often a large one.
  • v. To bind as if with a girth or band.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A band or strap which encircles the body; especially, one by which a saddle is fastened upon the back of a horse.
  • n. The measure around any object, such as a body at the waist or belly, or a box ; the circumference of anything.
  • n. A small horizontal brace or girder.
  • transitive v. To bind as with a girth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A band or girdle; especially, a band passed under the belly of a horse or other animal, and drawn tight and fastened, to secure a saddle or a pack on its back.
  • n. The measure round a person's body or round a pillar, tree, or anything of a cylindrical or roundish shape.
  • n. A girdling; a circuit; a perimeter; an encircling inclosure.
  • n. In car-building, a long horizontal bracing-timber on the inside of the frame of a box-car.
  • n. In. printing, one of two bands of leather or stout webbing (also called straps) attached to the rounce of a hand-press, used for running the carriage in and out.
  • To bind with a girth.
  • To encircle or surround with a measuring-line, as in measuring moldings, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. tie a cinch around
  • n. stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
  • n. the distance around a person's body

Etymologies

Middle English gerth, girth strap, from Old Norse gjördh, girdle; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old Norse gjǫrð (whence the Icelandic gjörð), akin to Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌳𐌰 (gairda), German Gurt. Cognate with Albanian ngërthej ("to tie, bind, fasten"). (Wiktionary)

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