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[gahr] /gɑr/
noun, plural (especially collectively) gar (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gars.
Also called garfish, garpike. any predaceous freshwater fish of the genus Lepisosteus, of North America, covered with hard, diamond-shaped scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth.
needlefish (def 1).
Origin of gar1
1755-65, Americanism; shortened form of garfish


[gahr] /gɑr/
verb (used with object), garred, garring.
Scot. to compel or force (someone) to do something.
Scot. and North England Obsolete. to do, perform, or cause.
1250-1300; Middle English geren, garren, gairen < Old Norse gera to do, make; akin to Old English gearwian to prepare




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  • Wait till I do that which may gar her look at me,' said the chivalrous youth.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • "I've got 'em, gar," cried Emens, and the two started back for their guns.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller
  • gar Dosson growls this out between his teeth as he sets his gun in the corner.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller
  • Also called the guard-fish, but it is from the Anglo-Saxon gar, a weapon.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • God curse my sister Margot and the day she gar'd me carry the letters!

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • You could "gar her greet," but you could not "gar her know."

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • A penny in my purse will gar me drink when my friends winna.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The bird that can sing, an' winna sing, should be gar'd sing.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • By gar, me do look he shall clapper-de-claw me; for, by gar, me vill have it.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
British Dictionary definitions for gar


noun (pl) gar, gars
short for garpike, garfish


(transitive) (Scot) to cause or compel
Word Origin
from Old Norse
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Word Origin and History for gar

"pike-like fish," 1765, American English, shortening of garfish (mid-15c.), from Old English gar "spear," from Proto-Germanic *gaizo- (cf. Old Norse geirr, Old Saxon, Old High German ger, German Ger "spear"), from PIE *ghaiso- "stick, spear" (see goad).

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