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or gater, ’gater

[gey-ter] /ˈgeɪ tər/
Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.
Origin of gator
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; shortened form Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • E go bahck wey da turrer lil 'gator bin huddle up in da bed. '

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • For while we were halting in a glen to feed, gator's rifle stood against a rock.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • Ive heard that a gator has four or five sets of teeth during a lifetime.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation Frank A. Warner
  • He could just make out the ugly head of the gator beneath the surface.

    The Motor Boys in Mexico Clarence Young
  • He took the rope from its jaws, leaving them free, and the 'gator never took advantage of it by trying to bite.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
  • Then, as she acknowledged, she was not sure the 'gator had eaten Fritz.

    A Little Florida Lady Dorothy C. Paine
  • I'll stop down the harpoon so you can't drive it more than an inch beyond the hide, and the 'gator will never know he's hurt.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
British Dictionary definitions for gator


(mainly US, informal) an alligator
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gator

1844, colloquial shortening of alligator.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gator



A sort of divertissement in which the participants writhe about among one another on the floor: Gatoring is over (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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