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verb (used with object), garred, gar·ring.
  1. Scot. to compel or force (someone) to do something.
  2. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for garring


noun plural gar or gars
  1. short for garpike, garfish


  1. (tr) Scot to cause or compel

Word Origin

from Old Norse
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Word Origin and History for garring



"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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