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[gahr] /gɑr/
noun, plural (especially collectively) gar (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gars.
1.
Also called garfish, garpike. any predaceous freshwater fish of the genus Lepisosteus, of North America, covered with hard, diamond-shaped scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth.
2.
needlefish (def 1).
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65, Americanism; shortened form of garfish

gar2

[gahr] /gɑr/
verb (used with object), garred, garring.
1.
Scot. to compel or force (someone) to do something.
2.
Scot. and North England Obsolete. to do, perform, or cause.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English geren, garren, gairen < Old Norse gera to do, make; akin to Old English gearwian to prepare

gar.

1.

G.A.R.

1.
Grand Army of the Republic.
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British Dictionary definitions for gar

gar1

/ɡɑː/
noun (pl) gar, gars
1.
short for garpike, garfish

gar2

/ɡɑːr/
verb
1.
(transitive) (Scot) to cause or compel
Word Origin
from Old Norse
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Word Origin and History for gar
n.

"pike-like fish," 1765, American English, shortening of garfish (mid-15c.), from Old English gar "spear," from Proto-Germanic *gaizo- (cf. Old Norse geirr, Old Saxon, Old High German ger, German Ger "spear"), from PIE *ghaiso- "stick, spear" (see goad).

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Related Abbreviations for gar

gar

garden

GAR

Grand Army of the Republic
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