[ yair or especially for 1, 2, yahr ]
/ yɛər or especially for 1, 2, yɑr /

adjective, yar·er, yar·est.

quick; agile; lively.
(of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.
  1. ready; prepared.
  2. nimble; quick.

Nearby words

  1. yarding,
  2. yardland,
  3. yardman,
  4. yardmaster,
  5. yardstick,
  6. yarely,
  7. yaren,
  8. yark,
  9. yarkand,
  10. yarkant he

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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Examples from the Web for yarely

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

    The Black Arrow|Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for yarely


/ (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 Formsyarely, 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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Word Origin and History for yarely



"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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