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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Girth
  1. A band or strap which encircles the body; especially, one by which a saddle is fastened upon the back of a horse.
  2. The measure around any object, such as a body at the waist or belly, or a box ; the circumference of anything; as, in order to be acceptable for mailing, the total of height and girth of a package must not exceed 63 inches."He's a lusty, jolly fellow, that lives well, at least three yards in the girth." [Addison.]
  3. A small horizontal brace or girder.

Etymology: Icel. gjörð girdle, or gerð girth; akin to Goth. gaírda girdle. See Gird to girt, and cf. Girdle (n.)

verb Girth
To bind as with a girth.

Etymology: From Girth (n.), cf. Girt (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
  2. The distance around a person's body
  3. Tie a cinch around

From Old Norse gjǫrð, from Proto-Germanic *gerdō. Cognate with Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌳𐌰 (gairda), Icelandic gjörð. Also related to German Gurt, Albanian ngërthej (“to tie, bind, fasten”).

  1. A band passed under the belly of an animal, which holds a saddle in place.
  2. The part of an animal around which the girth fits.
  3. (informal) One's waistline circumference, most often a large one.
  4. A small horizontal brace or girder.
  5. The distance measured around an object.
  6. (graph theory) The length of the shortest cycle in a graph.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Girth

Benjamin Girth is a sports team member for the KSV Hessen Kassel.


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Fun Facts about the name Girth

  • When was the first name Girth first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Girth is Tuesday, June 14th, 1881.
  • How unique is the name Girth? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Girth. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Girth: Your name in reverse order is Htrig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Griht. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Girth born Jan 24, 1946

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Australia approximately on 1850. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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