[ awrd, ohrd ]
/ ɔrd, oʊrd /


furnished with oars.

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Origin of oared

First recorded in 1740–50; oar + -ed3
Related formsun·oared, adjective

Definition for oared (2 of 2)


[ awr, ohr ]
/ ɔr, oʊr /


verb (used with object)

to propel with or as if with oars; row.
to traverse or make (one's way) by, or as if by, rowing.

verb (used without object)

to row.
to move or advance as if by rowing.

Origin of oar

before 900; Middle English ore, Old English ār; cognate with Old Norse ār
Related formsoar·less, adjectiveoar·like, adjective
Can be confusedoar o'er or ore
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British Dictionary definitions for oared (1 of 2)


/ (ɔːd) /


equipped with oars
(in combination) having oars as specifiedtwo-oared

British Dictionary definitions for oared (2 of 2)


/ (ɔː) /


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
Derived Formsoarless, adjectiveoarlike, adjective

Word Origin for oar

Old English ār, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse ār
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Word Origin and History for oared



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."

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Idioms and Phrases with oared


see put one's oar in.

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