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noun, plural (especially collectively) gar, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gars.
Also called garfish, garpike. any predaceous freshwater fish of the genus Lepisosteus, of North America, covered with hard, diamond-shaped scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth.
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Origin of gar1
1755–65, Americanism; shortened form of garfish
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[ gahr ]
/ gɑr /
verb (used with object), garred, gar·ring.
Scot. to compel or force (someone) to do something.
Scot. and North England Obsolete. to do, perform, or cause.
Origin of gar2
1250–1300; Middle English geren, garren, gairen<Old Norse gera to do, make; akin to Old English gearwian to prepare
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How to use gar in a sentence
"GAR Balks at Southern Flag in Parade," reported The Baltimore Sun.Star-Spangled Confederates: How Southern Sympathizers Decided Our National Anthem|Jefferson Morley|July 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He's larned not to thry an' light his see-gar at th' ilicthric light.Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War|Finley Peter Dunne
After lunch they all went off to the Rookery, which was at the other side of the park from Gar Wood.
We have other places in the neighbourhood to show you quite as pretty as Gar Wood.
In one pool at station C-1 hundreds of young buffalo and gar were observed.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas|Artie L. Metcalf
When bairns are young they gar their parents' heads ache; when they are auld they make their hearts break.
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British Dictionary definitions for gar (2 of 2)
/ (ɡɑːr) /
(tr) Scot to cause or compel
Word Origin for gar
from Old Norse
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