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stroke oar

noun Rowing.
  1. the oar nearest to the stern of the boat.
  2. stroke1(def 14c).
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Origin of stroke oar

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples of stroke oar

  • I made him take the stroke-oar, that I might assist him, while I placed Nat at the helm.

    The Cruise of the Dainty

    William H. G. Kingston

  • He is as healthy as a buffalo, as a prize-fighter, as the stroke-oar of a university boat.

  • "The fellows know their business," Mr. Ryan said to the man who rowed the stroke-oar.

  • He seemed to feel that he had the stroke-oar, and he pulled away manfully.

  • The member pulling the stroke-oar in any club boat shall have command of the crew.


    W. B. Woodgate