[awrd, ohrd]


furnished with oars.

Origin of oared

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


[awr, ohr]


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.

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.


    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

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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Examples from the Web for oared

Historical Examples of oared

  • The master-of-camp arrived with his ship, ahead of the oared praus.

  • Many boats plied to and fro, oared by jolly young watermen who dreamt not of railways and steam-launches.


    Julian Hawthorne

  • The boat you must bring to the landing is the twenty-six oared barge, which Malcolm MacLeod builded so well.

  • And yet no one oared for him, while of course the out-and-out champions of the rival side hated him.

  • The life–boats are of different sizes—six, eight, ten and twelve–oared.

    Fighting the Sea

    Edward A. Rand

British Dictionary definitions for oared



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



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with oared


see put one's oar in.

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