gator

or ga·ter, ’ga·ter

[gey-ter]
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noun

Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.

Nearby words

  1. gating,
  2. gatlinburg,
  3. gatling,
  4. gatling gun,
  5. gatling, richard jordan,
  6. gatorade,
  7. gatt,
  8. gatun,
  9. gatun lake,
  10. gatvol

Origin of gator

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; shortened form

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British Dictionary definitions for gator

gator

gater

noun

mainly US informal an alligator

Word Origin for gator

C19

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Word Origin and History for gator

gator

n.

1844, colloquial shortening of alligator.

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