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gator

or gater, ’gater

[gey-ter] /ˈgeɪ tər/
noun
1.
Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.
Origin of gator
1835-1845
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; shortened form
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  • "It's a big 'gator," he murmured to Professor Ditson, who stood beside him.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • For while we were halting in a glen to feed, gator's rifle stood against a rock.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • He could just make out the ugly head of the gator beneath the surface.

    The Motor Boys in Mexico

    Clarence Young
  • In the water that gator could go a hundred feet, almost, to your one!

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
  • "Especially when a 'gator is chasing you," reminded Ned Rector.

  • Then, as she acknowledged, she was not sure the 'gator had eaten Fritz.

    A Little Florida Lady

    Dorothy C. Paine
  • The 'gator was soon brought out on the prairie and its jaws tied.

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

gator

/ˈɡeɪtə/
noun
1.
(mainly US, informal) an alligator
Word Origin
C19
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gator
n.

1844, colloquial shortening of alligator.

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

gatoring

noun

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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