gore

1
[gawr, gohr]
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Origin of gore

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English gor dung, dirt; cognate with Dutch goor, Old High German gor filth

gore

2
[gawr, gohr]
verb (used with object), gored, gor·ing.
  1. to pierce with or as if with a horn or tusk.

Origin of gore

2
1350–1400; Middle English goren; see gore3

gore

3
[gawr, gohr]
noun
  1. a triangular piece of material inserted in a garment, sail, etc., to give it greater width or a desired shape.Compare godet(def 1), gusset(def 1).
  2. one of the panels, usually tapering or shaped, making up a garment, as a skirt.
  3. a triangular tract of land, especially one lying between larger divisions.
verb (used with object), gored, gor·ing.
  1. to make or furnish with a gore or gores.

Origin of gore

3
before 900; Middle English; Old English gāra corner (cognate with German Gehre gusset); compare Old English gār spear

Gore

1
[gawr, gohr]
noun
  1. Albert Arnold, Jr.Al, born 1948, U.S. politician: vice president of the U.S. 1993–2001.

Gore

2
[gawr-ey, gohr-ey]
noun
  1. a city in W Ethiopia.
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Contemporary Examples of gore

Historical Examples of gore

  • No mutilation, no gore; just an effacement—prompt and absolute—'there wasn't any.'

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • But Quirl was heavier, and his arm harder, than Gore had supposed.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • Gore was not concerned with the personal feelings of his prize.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • But it did not knock out Gore, and Quirl had to pay dearly for his error.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • Gore could not see, but as he writhed he knew he was in the grip of the pirate captain.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl


British Dictionary definitions for gore

gore

1
noun
  1. blood shed from a wound, esp when coagulated
  2. informal killing, fighting, etc

Word Origin for gore

Old English gor dirt; related to Old Norse gor half-digested food, Middle Low German göre, Dutch goor

gore

2
verb
  1. (tr) (of an animal, such as a bull) to pierce or stab (a person or another animal) with a horn or tusk

Word Origin for gore

C16: probably from Old English gār spear

gore

3
noun
  1. a tapering or triangular piece of material used in making a shaped skirt, umbrella, etc
  2. a similarly shaped piece, esp of land
verb
  1. (tr) to make into or with a gore or gores
Derived Formsgored, adjective

Word Origin for gore

Old English gāra; related to Old Norse geiri gore, Old High German gēro

Gore

noun
  1. Al (bert) Jr. born 1948, US Democrat politician; vice president of the US (1993–2001); defeated in the disputed presidential election of 2000; leading environmental campaigner; shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel For Climate Change
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Word Origin and History for gore
n.1

Old English gor "dirt, dung, filth, shit," a Germanic word (cf. Middle Dutch goor "filth, mud;" Old Norse gor "cud;" Old High German gor "animal dung"), of uncertain origin. Sense of "clotted blood" (especially shed in battle) developed by 1560s.

v.

c.1400, from Scottish gorren "to pierce, stab," origin unknown, perhaps related to Old English gar "spear" (see gar, also gore (n.2) "triangular piece of ground"). Related: Gored; goring.

n.2

"triangular piece of ground," Old English gara, related to gar "spear" (see gar), on the notion of "triangularity." Hence also meanings "front of a skirt" (mid-13c.), and "triangular piece of cloth" (early 14c.).

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