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gauger

[gey-jer]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that gauges.
  2. a worker or inspector who checks the dimensions or quality of machined work.
  3. a customs official, collector of excise taxes, or the like.
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Also especially in technical use, gag·er.

Origin of gauger

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Anglo-French word gaugeour. See gauge, -or2

gage2

[geyj]
noun, verb (used with object), gaged, gag·ing. (chiefly in technical use)
  1. gauge.
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Related formsgag·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Or you might have married a gager and gone to Dublin and mixed with the grand quality.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • Provision was also made for Mr. Gager as engineer, and Mr. Penn as beadle.

  • Mr. Gager died on the 15th instant, at four o'clock in the afternoon.

  • Mr. Gager was as fully convinced as Bunfit that the diamonds had not been in the box.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope

  • Gager intimated his acquiescence in all this, and again waited.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for gager

gager

noun
  1. a variant spelling of gauger
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gage1

noun
  1. something deposited as security against the fulfilment of an obligation; pledge
  2. (formerly) a glove or other object thrown down to indicate a challenge to combat
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verb
  1. (tr) archaic to stake, pledge, or wager
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Word Origin

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

gage2

noun
  1. short for greengage
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gage3

noun
  1. US old-fashioned, slang marijuana
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Word Origin

C20: of uncertain origin; compare ganja

gage4

noun, verb
  1. US a variant spelling (esp in technical senses) of gauge
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Gage

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

gager

noun
  1. a person or thing that gauges
  2. mainly British a customs officer who inspects bulk merchandise, esp liquor casks, for excise duty purposes
  3. a collector of excise taxes
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Word Origin and History for gager

gage

n.

"pledge," c.1300, from Old French gage "pledge (of battle), security, guarantee" (11c.), from Frankish *wadja-, from Proto-Germanic *wadi- (see wed). Italian gaggio, Spanish and Portuguese gage are French loan-words. The verb is late 15c., from French gager. Related: Gaged, gaging.

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gage

v.

see gauge. "The spelling variants gauge and gage have existed since the first recorded uses in Middle English, though in American English gage is found exclusively in technical uses" [Barnhart]. Related: Gaged; gaging.

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