- a tidal bore or flood.
Origin of eagre
1640–50; apparently representing earlier agar, ager, obscurely akin to hyger, higre; (compare Anglo-Latin (12th century) higra the tidal bore of the Severn); compared with Old English ēgor, eogor flood, high tide, though preservation of g in modern forms is problematic
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Examples from the Web for eagre
Eagre is the old English word for vinegar, which is just “wine-eagre.”Our Little Lady
Emily Sarah Holt
The tide of fashion was rushing like an eagre "up to the Park."Shadows of Flames
Dryden, who had noticed it in the river Trent, calls it the "Eagre."
The other name by which the phenomenon is known, “eagre,” is also of unknown origin.
- a tidal bore, esp of the Humber or Severn estuary
C17: perhaps from Old English ēagor flood; compare Old English ēa river, water
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