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garter

[gahr-ter]
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noun
  1. Also called, British, sock suspender, suspender. an article of clothing for holding up a stocking or sock, usually an elastic band around the leg or an elastic strap hanging from a girdle or other undergarment.
  2. a similar band worn to hold up a shirt sleeve.
  3. a leather strap for passing through a loop at the back of a boot and buckling around the leg to keep the boot from slipping.
  4. British.
    1. the badge of the Order of the Garter.
    2. membership in the Order.
    3. (initial capital letter)the Order itself.
    4. (usually initial capital letter)a member of the Order.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fasten with a garter.
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Origin of garter

1300–50; Middle English < Old North French gartier, derivative of garet the bend of the knee < Celtic; compare Welsh gar shank, Breton gâr leg
Related formsgar·ter·less, adjectiveun·gar·ter, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for ungartered

Historical Examples

  • But he did not intend to go "ungartered," nor yet to assume an air of "desolation."

    Mr. Scarborough's Family

    Anthony Trollope

  • And he looked even worse than an unwashed, uncombed little terrier, for he was always unbuttoned and ungartered besides.

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • His stockings were ungartered, and permitted between the knee and the calf interesting glances of the rude carnal.

    Paul Clifford, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Ungartered, un-gr′tėrd, adj. not held in place by garters: not wearing garters.


British Dictionary definitions for ungartered

garter

noun
  1. a band, usually of elastic, worn round the arm or leg to hold up a shirtsleeve, sock, or stocking
  2. US and Canadian
    1. an elastic strap attached to a belt or corset having a fastener at the end, for holding up women's stockings
    2. a similar fastener attached to a garter belt worn by men in order to support socksAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): suspender
  3. have someone's guts for garters See gut (def. 10)
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verb
  1. (tr) to fasten, support, or secure with or as if with a garter
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Northern French gartier, from garet bend of the knee, probably of Celtic origin

Garter

noun the Garter
  1. See Order of the Garter
  2. (sometimes not capital)
    1. the badge of this Order
    2. membership of this Order
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Word Origin and History for ungartered

garter

n.

early 14c., from Old North French gartier "band just above or below the knee" (Old French jartier, 14c., Modern French jarretière), from garet "bend of the knee," perhaps from Gaulish (cf. Welsh garr "leg"). Garter as the highest order of knighthood (mid-14c.), according to Froissart was established c.1344 by Edward III, though the usual story of how it came about is late (1614) and perhaps apocryphal. The verb is mid-15c., from the noun. Garter snake (U.S.) so called from resemblance to a ribbon. Garter belt first noticed 1913.

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