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Topic: MEASUREMENT

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old Norse
Origin: gjörth

girth

noun
     
girth [countable]
1TM the size of something or someone large when you measure around them rather than measuring their height:
the enormous girth of the tree
He was a tall man, of considerable girth (=he was fat).
2DSH a band of leather which is passed tightly around the middle of a horse to keep a saddle or load firmly in position
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