verb (used without object)
Origin of alligator
Examples from the Web for alligator
In another study, children saw a puppet show where a mouse was eaten by an alligator.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?|Vlad Chituc|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You can even purchase a “Canned Exotic Meat Gift Set,” which includes rattlesnake, alligator, elk, and buffalo.
Consider one bold, green dress with a voluminous skirt that shimmered with what looked like the green scales of an alligator.Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2014: Palazzo Fashion|Liza Foreman|September 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Vali sings while playing with an alligator on a pink swing set, hustling at a lemonade stand and dancing with shadowy creatures.Miley Cyrus, Arcade Fire & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Victoria Kezra|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The decorated band is divided into panels, three of which are long and contain figures of the alligator.Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia|William Henry Holmes
Familiarity with the manner in which the alligator disposes of his victims.The Comic English Grammar|Unknown
She was relieved, in her return to the water, to see that the alligator had gone—which way, she could not tell.Linda Carlton's Island Adventure|Edith Lavell
The alligator gave a spring, and began to flounder in the sand, while his companions deserted him, taking to the water.Down South|Oliver Optic
Indeed, there was something kindlier in it than you would think of an alligator.
British Dictionary definitions for alligator
Word Origin for alligator
Word Origin and History for alligator
1560s, lagarto (modern form attested from 1620s, with excrescent -r as in tater, feller, etc.), a corruption of Spanish el lagarto (de Indias) "the lizard (of the Indies)," from Latin lacertus (see lizard). Alligarter was an early variant. The slang meaning "non-playing devotee of swing music" is attested from 1936; the phrase see you later, alligator is from a 1956 song title.