• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hip-girdle the 14th-century sword-belt, passing diagonally from waist to hip
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  • Ogden Nash
    “A husband is a guy who tells you when you've got on too much lipstick and helps you with your girdle when your hips stick.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hype; Goth. hups, Ger. hüfte.


In literature:

All wore strange protruding girdles of dried grass about their hips and many were loaded with brass and copper anklets, armlets and bracelets.
"Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
A wide and golden girdle clasped the waist, covered the rounded hips and thighs.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
The long, brown doublet fastened around his hips by a Hemp rope, instead of a girdle, made him resemble a Franciscan.
"Barbara Blomberg, Complete" by Georg Ebers
There is no part of the skeleton so characteristically human as the bones which form the pelvis, or bony girdle of the hips.
"Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work" by P. Chalmers Mitchell
A jewelled girdle fell about her hips, but on her bare arms were neither gems nor gold.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
All that remained now were light green hose attached to a wisp of silk that girdled her hips.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Why, even in the Subway she could tell by just lookin' at a hip whether it was wearin' one of her double bones or girdle tops.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
All were naked except for girdles of grass about their hips, the rest of their bodies being covered with monkey-like hair.
"The Return of Tharn" by Howard Carleton Browne
The hip girdle, properly used, is, however, by no means inelegant.
"Dress as a Fine Art" by Mary Philadelphia Merrifield
A girdle (besides a belt) was worn on the hips with the longer tunics, as in Fig.
"Dress design" by Talbot Hughes
The bones of the hip-girdle form a basin which incloses and protects the abdominal vital organs.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
They both wore maidens' girdles, which circled round the hips and buckled low down upon the body below the navel.
"Ancient Manners" by Pierre Louys
Her slender form is girdled round the hips by a gorgeous oriental shawl.
"'Midst the Wild Carpathians" by Mór Jókai
He saw a sparkling girdle round the waist, a knife thrust through it tight against the hip.
"The Wolves of God" by Algernon Blackwood
The hip girdle tells the same tale.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard

In poetry:

He tells you when you've got on
too much lipstick
And helps you with your girdle
when your hips stick.
"The Perfect Husband" by Ogden Nash

In news:

Besides the sexier ones there are maternity corsets , nursing corsets , riding corsets (cut high on the hip), children's corsets , "health" corsets , corselets, stays, brassieres, bustiers and girdles.