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gater

or 'gater

[gey-ter] /ˈgeɪ tər/
noun
1.

gator

or gater, ’gater

[gey-ter] /ˈgeɪ tər/
noun
1.
Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.
Origin of gator
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; shortened form
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  • Bumbye, B'er 'gater is wek fum 'e dream; 'e smell-a da' smoke, 'e feel-a da' fier. '

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • E pit one year wey Dog is bin-a bark; 'e pit one eye 'pon B'er 'gater. '

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • E say 'e mus' git one el'phan' tush, un 'e mus' git one 'gater toof, un 'e mus' git one rice-bud bill.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • Affiky mans say el'phan' is bin too big fer be sma't. 'E say 'e mus' haf one 'gater toof fer go wit' el'phan' tush.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • Bum-bye, B'er 'gater bre't', 'e do come loud; 'e is bin sno' hard! '

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • You bin-a cry fer dey 'quaintun', B'er 'gater; now you mus' beer wit' dem trouble!'

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for gater

gater

/ˈɡeɪtə/
noun
1.
a variant of gator

gator

/ˈɡeɪtə/
noun
1.
(mainly US, informal) an alligator
Word Origin
C19
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Word Origin and History for gater

gator

n.

1844, colloquial shortening of alligator.

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