c.1400, from Scottish gorren
"to pierce, stab," origin unknown, perhaps related to O.E. gar
"spear" (see gar
), which is certainly the source of the third meaning of Mod.Eng. gore
, "triangular piece of ground" (O.E. gara
), hence also "front of a skirt" (mid-13c.), and "triangular piece of cloth" (early 14c.).