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 gar

1250–1300; Middle English geren, garren, gairen < Old Norse gera to do, make; akin to Old English gearwian to prepare Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garred

Historical Examples of garred

  • What wad ye hae o' me—thinkin I would tak a man 'at was garred!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • He nearhan' garred me hate him, and that wud hae been a terrible sin.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • What garred ye come daundering to these weary flats of France?'

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • The lad was feared to come, but Gourlay swore by God that he should, and he garred him.

  • Think ye onything but extremity could have garred him time the lands as he did?


    Mrs. Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for garred



noun plural gar or gars

short for garpike, garfish




(tr) Scot to cause or compel

Word Origin for gar

from Old Norse
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Word Origin and History for garred



"pike-like fish," 1765, American English, shortening of garfish (mid-15c.), from Old English gar "spear," from Proto-Germanic *gaizo- (cf. Old Norse geirr, Old Saxon, Old High German ger, German Ger "spear"), from PIE *ghaiso- "stick, spear" (see goad).

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