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[pair-awr, -ohr] /ˈpɛərˌɔr, -ˌoʊr/
a racing shell propelled by two persons, each with one oar.
Origin of pair-oar
First recorded in 1850-55
Related forms
pair-oared, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The boat house was deserted, but out in mid-stream was a pair-oar and a rowboat, the latter well filled.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The three pair-oar boats moved off to the starting point and the crowd prepared to watch another exciting contest.

    The Eight-Oared Victors

    Lester Chadwick
  • In a pair-oar, if either of the hands is a bad waterman, the combination will never rise above mediocrity.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • In pair-oar rowing there is needed a je-ne-sais-quoi sort of mutual concession of style.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • There are challenge prizes for the house fours and for the sculling and pulling, as the pair-oar outrigger race is called.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • And I suppose I looked my words, for my amphibious friend ran the pair-oar down into the water without more ado.

    A Veldt Vendetta Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for pair-oar


(rowing) a racing shell in which two oarsmen sit one behind the other and pull one oar each Also called pair Compare double scull
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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