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Girth, Gyrth, n.2 Also: girthe, geirth, gerth. [ME. gyrth, girth, gerth (13 … ), ON. (*gerð-,) gjǫrð.]

1. A girth for a saddle. ?1438 Alex. i. 2627.
Sadill, renȝe, girth and patrall At that grit bir war brokin all
Ib. ii. 6282.
Thay hurkled … Sa hard that gyrthis in shunders glaid
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 341.
For viij gyrthis to his led horse
1498 Ib. 388.
For … thre girthis to the samyn sadill
1537 Ib. VI. 336.
For tua pair of girthis … for armyn sadillis
a1568 Bann. MS. 138 a/69.
I haif … Ane brydill, ane girth, and ane swyne bledder
1591 Thanes of Cawdor 203.
Setting ane bowkill upone your geldingis hawsing gerth

2. A hoop for a barrel, tub, or other vessel or article. c1460 Thewis Wysmen 118.
Men lufys nocht for the gyrthis the wyne
1488 Acts II. 213.
That twa girthis be maid of irne, ane for the middis and ane for ilkane of the endis [of the barrel for salmon]
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 115.
For new girthis set on the powdir barrelis
1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 38.
For the making of ane geirth to the funt
1570 Lanark B. Rec. 51.
Item viij d. for gerthes to the furlattis
1581 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 207.
Tuentie new pekis banddit with girthis of irne, ane in the mouthe and ane vther in the boddum
1598 Acts IV. 176/1.
Pompis with flatis & heinȝies or girthis maid of cordis, wod, horne, or mettall
1640 M. Works Acc. XXIX. 104 b.
For twa bukitts with ironn girthis and iroun boullis thairto

3. Attrib. with bukil, heid, tail, tre, wob. 1434 Exch. R. IV. 593.
Pro gyrth-treis in castro de Strivelyne
1510–13 Rentale Dunkeld. fol. 156.
Duodecim plusculorum equinorum wlgariter lie girtht bukles
1568 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 658/1.
The graithing of ane chair and couering of it, and girth wobis to it
1591 Edinb. Test. XXIII. 314.
Ten elnis of girth wobbis at ix s. the elne
Tua dosone of girthheidis at iij s. the dosone
1623 Ib. LII. 72.
Certane beltis, tagis, and girth taillis

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