- a long shaft with a broad blade at one end, used as a lever for rowing or otherwise propelling or steering a boat.
- something resembling this or having a similar purpose.
- a person who rows; oarsman.
- to propel with or as if with oars; row.
- to traverse or make (one's way) by, or as if by, rowing.
- to row.
- to move or advance as if by rowing.
- put in one's oar, to meddle; interfere: He put in his oar and was told to mind his own business.
- rest on one's oars, to cease to make an effort; relax after exertion; stop working after success or completing a task: Once he became president, he was content to rest on his oars.
Origin of oar
Examples from the Web for oar
Their ineptitude required the seaman to abandon his post at the tiller and man an oar himself.The Titanic’s Haute Heroine: The Countess of Rothes
April 12, 2012
There was room in it for a girl-partner at the oar, but no accommodation for passengers.The Secret Agent
Every man and spar and oar on the vessel seemed burning in its light.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
An oar has been made since I came in, wanting the shaped handle.The Uncommercial Traveller
Greer went back to the stern, picked up an oar and began to scull.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
She put out her hand, and took his, and pressed it, holding hers over it upon the oar.A Spirit in Prison
- a long shaft of wood for propelling a boat by rowing, having a broad blade that is dipped into and pulled against the water. Oars were also used for steering certain kinds of ancient sailing boats
- short for oarsman
- put one's oar in to interfere or interrupt
- to row or propel with or as if with oarsthe two men were oaring their way across the lake
Word Origin and History for oar
Old English ar "oar," from Proto-Germanic *airo (cf. Old Norse ar, Danish aare, Swedish åra), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin remus "oar," Greek eretes "rower," eretmos "oar."
Idioms and Phrases with oar
see put one's oar in.