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[yair or especially for 1, 2, yahr] /yɛər or especially for 1, 2, yɑr/
adjective, yarer, yarest.
quick; agile; lively.
(of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.
  1. ready; prepared.
  2. nimble; quick.
Also, yar (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of yare
before 900; Middle English; Old English gearu, gearo, equivalent to ge- y- + earu ready; cognate with Dutch gaar, German gar done, dressed (as meat)
Related forms
yarely, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for yare
Historical Examples
  • That will do, for the present; let us yare a little, now, for a change.

  • Many thousands of fish were killed in the yare by the ingress of salt water.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • Another mode of capturing eels is by "eel picking" in the lower waters of the yare near Cantley.

  • He took me for a long walk to break it to me, over the hills towards yare and across the great gorse commons by Hazelbrow.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • The mouth of the yare has been, within the last five centuries, diverted about four miles to the south.

    Principles of Geology Charles Lyell
  • This is the river yare, which runs, from west to east, through the northern part of the province.

  • Rowing matches followed, and “the banks of the yare were thronged beyond all precedency with genteel company.”

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • We were stopping down at Yarmouth, and we decided we would go for a trip up the yare.

    Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome
  • He couldn't rightly say when the elder had gone out, "but it might be a yare ago come muck-spreadin'."

  • So we turned back into the yare, and sailed up to the mouth of the new cut at Reedham.

British Dictionary definitions for yare


adjective yarer, yarest
(archaic or dialect) ready, brisk, or eager
(of a vessel) answering swiftly to the helm; easily handled
(obsolete) readily or eagerly
Derived Forms
yarely, adverb
Word Origin
Old English gearu ready; related to Old Saxon, Old High German garo ready, prepared, Old Norse gorr
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Word Origin and History for yare

"ready, prepared," Old English gearo "ready," related to gearwe "clothing, dress" (see gear (n.)). Cf. Dutch gaar "done, dressed;" Old High German garo "ready, prepared, complete."

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