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gater

or 'gater

[gey-ter] /ˈgeɪ tər/
noun
1.

gator

or gater, ’gater

[gey-ter] /ˈgeɪ tər/
noun
1.
Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.
Origin of gator
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for gaters

gater

/ˈɡeɪtə/
noun
1.
a variant of gator

gator

/ˈɡeɪtə/
noun
1.
(mainly US, informal) an alligator
Word Origin
C19
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Word Origin and History for gaters

gator

n.

1844, colloquial shortening of alligator.

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