[ yair or, especially for 1, 2, yahr ]

adjective,yar·er, yar·est.
  1. quick; agile; lively.

  2. (of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.

  1. Archaic.

    • ready; prepared.

    • nimble; quick.

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-
  • Also yar [yahr, yair] /yɑr, yɛər/ (for defs. 1, 2) .

Other words from yare

  • yarely, adverb

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How to use yare in a sentence

  • Come yarely, my mates, every man to his share of the burden.

  • 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) /

adjectiveyarer or yarest
  1. archaic, or dialect ready, brisk, or eager

  2. (of a vessel) answering swiftly to the helm; easily handled

  1. obsolete readily or eagerly

Origin of yare

Old English gearu ready; related to Old Saxon, Old High German garo ready, prepared, Old Norse gorr

Derived forms of yare

  • yarely, adverb

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