- (used as a command to the crew of a scull or other similar boat to cease rowing and hold the oars horizontal with blades feathered.)
- 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 oars
Contemporary Examples of oars
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
It is clear to you that she intends to use the staves as oars.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Knife and fork push against one another rhythmically on the plate, like oars on a boat.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
We steadied the boat with the oars, and I thought we were doing real good.Navy Seal Training: The Start of Hell Week
Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
May 8, 2011
Historical Examples of oars
Terlake fell short, crashed in among the oars, and bounded off into the sea.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Go to Argus, the shipbuilder, and bid him build a galley with fifty oars.Tanglewood Tales
It was already half filled with Dyaks, some of whom were hastily manning the oars.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
To his joy he found a pair of oars stowed beneath the thwarts.
In the dory the skipper, bending at his oars, was not two yards astern.
- 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 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."
see put one's oar in.