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[awrd, ohrd] /ɔrd, oʊrd/
furnished with oars.
Origin of oared
1740-50; oar + -ed3
Related forms
unoared, adjective


[awr, ohr] /ɔr, oʊr/
a long shaft with a broad blade at one end, used as a lever for rowing or otherwise propelling or steering a boat.
something resembling this or having a similar purpose.
a person who rows; oarsman.
verb (used with object)
to propel with or as if with oars; row.
to traverse or make (one's way) by, or as if by, rowing.
verb (used without object)
to row.
to move or advance as if by rowing.
put in one's oar, to meddle; interfere:
He put in his oar and was told to mind his own business.
rest on one's oars, to cease to make an effort; relax after exertion; stop working after success or completing a task:
Once he became president, he was content to rest on his oars.
before 900; Middle English ore, Old English ār; cognate with Old Norse ār
Related forms
oarless, adjective
oarlike, adjective
Can be confused
oar, o'er, or, ore. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for oared
Historical Examples
  • The oared vessels came to shore, to see what these towns contained; but, finding no people, they sailed on.

  • Many boats plied to and fro, oared by jolly young watermen who dreamt not of railways and steam-launches.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • Cardinal Wolsey's oared galley pushed off from the Tower Bridge, below the iron gateway.

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg
  • And yet no one oared for him, while of course the out-and-out champions of the rival side hated him.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • The boat you must bring to the landing is the twenty-six oared barge, which Malcolm MacLeod builded so well.

  • The life–boats are of different sizes—six, eight, ten and twelve–oared.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • The master-of-camp remained with the oared praus in order to win over all the towns which were desirous of peace.

  • However, we propose to have the race, and give a purse of twenty–five dollars to the successful boat in a six–oared race.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • It begins with those lines, 'And the dead, oared by the dumb, went upward with the flood.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • It used to be thought that such animals as this belonged to a different species, to which the name of oared shrew was given.

British Dictionary definitions for oared


equipped with oars
(in combination) having oars as specified: two-oared


a long shaft of wood for propelling a boat by rowing, having a broad blade that is dipped into and pulled against the water. Oars were also used for steering certain kinds of ancient sailing boats
short for oarsman
put one's oar in, to interfere or interrupt
to row or propel with or as if with oars: the two men were oaring their way across the lake
Derived Forms
oarless, adjective
oarlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English ār, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse ār
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Word Origin and History for oared



Old English ar "oar," from Proto-Germanic *airo (cf. Old Norse ar, Danish aare, Swedish åra), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin remus "oar," Greek eretes "rower," eretmos "oar."

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Slang definitions & phrases for oared


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row with one oar

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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[National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of] Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
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