gage

1
[ geyj ]
/ geɪdʒ /
||

noun

something, as a glove, thrown down by a medieval knight in token of challenge to combat.
Archaic. a challenge.
Archaic. a pledge or pawn; security.

verb (used with object), gaged, gag·ing.

Archaic. to pledge, stake, or wager.

Nearby words

  1. gaga,
  2. gagaku,
  3. gagarin,
  4. gagarin, yuri alekseyevich,
  5. gagauzi,
  6. gage, thomas,
  7. gager,
  8. gagger,
  9. gaggery,
  10. gaggle

Origin of gage

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Germanic; see wage

gage

2
[ geyj ]
/ geɪdʒ /

noun, verb (used with object), gaged, gag·ing. (chiefly in technical use)

Related formsgag·er, noun

gage

3
[ geyj ]
/ geɪdʒ /

noun

Origin of gage

3
First recorded in 1840–50; by shortening

Gage

[ geyj ]
/ geɪdʒ /

noun

Thomas,1721–87, British general in America 1763–76.

gauge

[ geyj ]
/ geɪdʒ /

verb (used with object), gauged, gaug·ing.

noun

Also especially in technical use, gage.

Origin of gauge

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old North French (French jauge) < Germanic

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for gage

gage

1
/ (ɡeɪdʒ) /

noun

something deposited as security against the fulfilment of an obligation; pledge
(formerly) a glove or other object thrown down to indicate a challenge to combat

verb

(tr) archaic to stake, pledge, or wager

Word Origin for gage

C14: from Old French gage, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic wadi pledge

noun

short for greengage

noun

US old-fashioned, slang marijuana

Word Origin for gage

C20: of uncertain origin; compare ganja

noun, verb

US a variant spelling (esp in technical senses) of gauge

Gage

/ (ɡeɪdʒ) /

noun

Thomas. 1721–87, British general and governor in America; commander in chief of British forces at Bunker Hill (1775)

gauge

gage

/ (ɡeɪdʒ) /

verb (tr)

noun

adjective

(of a pressure measurement) measured on a pressure gauge that registers zero at atmospheric pressure; above or below atmospheric pressure5 bar gauge See also absolute (def. 10)
Derived Formsgaugeable or gageable, adjectivegaugeably or gageably, adverb

Word Origin for gauge

C15: from Old Northern French, probably of Germanic origin

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Word Origin and History for gage
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