or ga·ter, ’ga·ter



Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.

Origin of gator

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; shortened form Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gator

Contemporary Examples of gator

Historical Examples of gator

  • "It's a big 'gator," he murmured to Professor Ditson, who stood beside him.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • For while we were halting in a glen to feed, Gator's rifle stood against a rock.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • He could just make out the ugly head of the gator beneath the surface.

  • In the water that gator could go a hundred feet, almost, to your one!

  • "Especially when a 'gator is chasing you," reminded Ned Rector.

British Dictionary definitions for gator




mainly US informal an alligator

Word Origin for gator

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gator

1844, colloquial shortening of alligator.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper