Definition of girth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəːθ/


1 [mass noun] The measurement around the middle of something, especially a person’s waist: idle men of great girth an ivy-clad tree of immense girth [count noun]: a pike with a girth of 24 inches
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  • 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.
  • His immense height and girth made him seem like a bull, enraged and ready to charge.
  • Waist and hip girths were measured standing, at the level of the umbilicus and the level of maximal gluteal protrusion, respectively.
circumference, width, perimeter;
size, bulk, measure
1.1A person’s waist or stomach, especially when large: he tied the knotted towels around his girth
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  • 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
informal tummy, tum
2A band attached to a saddle and fastened around a horse’s belly to keep the saddle in place.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Put the saddle on the horse, but don't tighten the girth too much right away.
North American  cinch


[with object] archaic
Surround; encircle: the four seas that girth Britain


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

Words that rhyme with girth

berth, birth, dearth, earth, firth, mirth, Perth, worth
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