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gage2

[geyj] /geɪdʒ/
noun, verb (used with object), gaged, gaging. (chiefly in technical use)
1.
Related forms
gager, noun

gauger

[gey-jer] /ˈgeɪ dʒər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that gauges.
2.
a worker or inspector who checks the dimensions or quality of machined work.
3.
a customs official, collector of excise taxes, or the like.
Also, especially in technical use, gager.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French gaugeour. See gauge, -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for gager

gager

/ˈɡeɪdʒə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of gauger

gauger

/ˈɡeɪdʒə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that gauges
2.
(mainly Brit) a customs officer who inspects bulk merchandise, esp liquor casks, for excise duty purposes
3.
a collector of excise taxes

gage1

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
something deposited as security against the fulfilment of an obligation; pledge
2.
(formerly) a glove or other object thrown down to indicate a challenge to combat
verb
3.
(transitive) (archaic) to stake, pledge, or wager
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gage, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic wadi pledge

gage2

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
short for greengage

gage3

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
(US, old-fashioned, slang) marijuana
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin; compare ganja

gage4

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun, verb
1.
(US) a variant spelling (esp in technical senses) of gauge

Gage

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
Thomas. 1721–87, British general and governor in America; commander in chief of British forces at Bunker Hill (1775)
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Word Origin and History for gager

gage

n.

"pledge," c.1300, from Old French gage "pledge (of battle), security, guarantee" (11c.), from Frankish *wadja-, from Proto-Germanic *wadi- (see wed). Italian gaggio, Spanish and Portuguese gage are French loan-words. The verb is late 15c., from French gager. Related: Gaged, gaging.

v.

see gauge. "The spelling variants gauge and gage have existed since the first recorded uses in Middle English, though in American English gage is found exclusively in technical uses" [Barnhart]. Related: Gaged; gaging.

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