[yair or especially for 1, 2, yahr]
- quick; agile; lively.
- (of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.
- ready; prepared.
- nimble; quick.
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)
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- archaic, or dialect ready, brisk, or eager
- (of a vessel) answering swiftly to the helm; easily handled
- obsolete readily or eagerly
Word Origin for yare
Old English gearu ready; related to Old Saxon, Old High German garo ready, prepared, Old Norse gorr
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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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