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yare

[yair or especially for 1, 2, yahr]
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adjective, yar·er, yar·est.
  1. quick; agile; lively.
  2. (of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.
  3. Archaic.
    1. ready; prepared.
    2. nimble; quick.
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Also yar (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of yare

before 900; Middle English; Old English gearu, gearo, equivalent to ge- y- + earu ready; cognate with Dutch gaar, German gar done, dressed (as meat)
Related formsyare·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Eat with despatch,” he said, “and follow me yarely to mine house.

    The Black Arrow

    Robert Louis Stevenson


British Dictionary definitions for yarely

yare

adjective yarer or yarest
  1. archaic, or dialect ready, brisk, or eager
  2. (of a vessel) answering swiftly to the helm; easily handled
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adverb
  1. obsolete readily or eagerly
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Derived Formsyarely, adverb

Word Origin

Old English gearu ready; related to Old Saxon, Old High German garo ready, prepared, Old Norse gorr
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Word Origin and History for yarely

yare

adj.

"ready, prepared," Old English gearo "ready," related to gearwe "clothing, dress" (see gear (n.)). Cf. Dutch gaar "done, dressed;" Old High German garo "ready, prepared, complete."

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