[ yair or, especially for 1, 2, yahr ]
/ yɛər or, especially for 1, 2, yɑr /
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adjective, yar·er, yar·est.
quick; agile; lively.
(of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.
- ready; prepared.
- nimble; quick.
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Also yar [yahr, yair] /yɑr, yɛər/ (for defs. 1, 2) .
Origin of yare
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English gearu, gearo, equivalent to ge- archaic prefix + earu “ready”; cognate with Dutch gaar, German gar “done, dressed (as meat)”; see y-
OTHER WORDS FROM yareyarely, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for yare
Come yarely, my mates, every man to his share of the burden.Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)|John Dryden
Eat with despatch,” he said, “and follow me yarely to mine house.The Black Arrow|Robert Louis Stevenson
Good: Speak to the mariners: Fall to't yarely, or we run ourselves aground.The Red Rover|James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for yare
/ (jɛə) /
adjective yarer or yarest
archaic, or dialect ready, brisk, or eager
(of a vessel) answering swiftly to the helm; easily handled
obsolete readily or eagerly
Derived forms of yareyarely, adverb
Word Origin for yare
Old English gearu ready; related to Old Saxon, Old High German garo ready, prepared, Old Norse gorr
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