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gator

[gey-ter] /ˈgeɪ tər/
noun
1.
Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.
Also, gater, ’gater.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; shortened form
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  • The alligator breeds early and often and produces dozens of eggs, so when hunting was banned, the gator rebounded.
  • As the gator grows, it adds larger animals to the menu.
  • Seafood platters come fried or grilled, and fried gator fillets come with a side of gator sausage.
  • It's also home to an arcade center and a gator feeding station.
British Dictionary definitions for gator

gator

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

1844, colloquial shortening of alligator.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gator

gatoring

noun

A sort of divertissement in which the participants writhe about among one another on the floor: Gatoring is over (1970s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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