- the oar nearest to the stern of the boat.
- stroke1(def 14c).
Origin of stroke oar
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for stroke oar
I made him take the stroke-oar, that I might assist him, while I placed Nat at the helm.The Cruise of the Dainty
William H. G. Kingston
He is as healthy as a buffalo, as a prize-fighter, as the stroke-oar of a university boat.Smoking and Drinking
"The fellows know their business," Mr. Ryan said to the man who rowed the stroke-oar.Maori and Settler
G. A. Henty
He seemed to feel that he had the stroke-oar, and he pulled away manfully.
The member pulling the stroke-oar in any club boat shall have command of the crew.Boating
W. B. Woodgate