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[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.
Origin of gar2
1250-1300; Middle English geren, garren, gairen < Old Norse gera to do, make; akin to Old English gearwian to prepare Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for garred
Historical Examples
  • What wad ye hae o' me—thinkin I would tak a man 'at was garred!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • He nearhan' garred me hate him, and that wud hae been a terrible sin.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • What garred ye come daundering to these weary flats of France?'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The lad was feared to come, but Gourlay swore by God that he should, and he garred him.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • Think ye onything but extremity could have garred him time the lands as he did?

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Then she took it across her knee and garred it play snap like a rotten branch.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • I says, 'Hain't thar somethin' the matter with your eyes, Mr. garred?

    The Tobacco Tiller

    Sarah Bell Hackley
  • I suspeecioned him a' long, from how he garred at oor sheep the day.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • He wad never lift a han' for himsel'; an' that's what garred me tak till him sae muckle.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • And indeed it would not have taken the kittling of a flea to have garred me draw a staff over his crown.

    Tales of Our Coast S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for garred


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 garred



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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