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gauger

[gey-jer] /ˈgeɪ dʒər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that gauges.
2.
a worker or inspector who checks the dimensions or quality of machined work.
3.
a customs official, collector of excise taxes, or the like.
Also, especially in technical use, gager.
Origin of gauger
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French gaugeour. See gauge, -or2

gage2

[geyj] /geɪdʒ/
noun, verb (used with object), gaged, gaging. (chiefly in technical use)
1.
Related forms
gager, noun
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Historical Examples
  • gager, before he answered, took a pipe-case out of his pocket, and lit the pipe.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • Or you might have married a gager and gone to Dublin and mixed with the grand quality.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • At Breckinridge he found a stage, and getting out at gager's he went down the trail toward Lindsley's.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • Mr. gager died on the 15th instant, at four o'clock in the afternoon.

  • There was even yet some delay, and Mr. gager more than once testified uneasiness.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • "I've just got to have a few words with you, my dear," said gager.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • Mr. gager was as fully convinced as Bunfit that the diamonds had not been in the box.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • They took possession of an immigrant team that was in gager's stable, and just after sunset started on their patriotic errand.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • Indeed, though the ladies had not perceived the difference, he was not at all like Bunfit or gager.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • The man of the house was behind the bar, with his wife, and to him gager whispered a few words.

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British Dictionary definitions for gager

gager

/ˈɡeɪdʒə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of gauger

gage1

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
something deposited as security against the fulfilment of an obligation; pledge
2.
(formerly) a glove or other object thrown down to indicate a challenge to combat
verb
3.
(transitive) (archaic) to stake, pledge, or wager
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gage, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic wadi pledge

gage2

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
short for greengage

gage3

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
(US, old-fashioned, slang) marijuana
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin; compare ganja

gage4

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun, verb
1.
(US) a variant spelling (esp in technical senses) of gauge

Gage

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
Thomas. 1721–87, British general and governor in America; commander in chief of British forces at Bunker Hill (1775)

gauger

/ˈɡeɪdʒə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that gauges
2.
(mainly Brit) a customs officer who inspects bulk merchandise, esp liquor casks, for excise duty purposes
3.
a collector of excise taxes
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Word Origin and History for gager

gage

n.

"pledge," c.1300, from Old French gage "pledge (of battle), security, guarantee" (11c.), from Frankish *wadja-, from Proto-Germanic *wadi- (see wed). Italian gaggio, Spanish and Portuguese gage are French loan-words. The verb is late 15c., from French gager. Related: Gaged, gaging.

v.

see gauge. "The spelling variants gauge and gage have existed since the first recorded uses in Middle English, though in American English gage is found exclusively in technical uses" [Barnhart]. Related: Gaged; gaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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