t. gage


Thomas, 1721–87, British general in America 1763–76.
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gage1 (ɡeɪdʒ)
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
3.  archaic (tr) to stake, pledge, or wager
[C14: from Old French gage, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic wadi pledge]

gage2 (ɡeɪdʒ)
short for greengage

gage3 (ɡeɪdʒ)
old-fashioned, slang (US) marijuana
[C20: of uncertain origin; compare ganja]

gage4 (ɡeɪdʒ)
n, —vb
(US) a variant spelling (esp in technical senses) of gauge

Gage (ɡeɪdʒ)
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 & History

"pledge," c.1300, from O.Fr. gage, from Frank. *wadja-, related to Goth. wadi "pledge," from P.Gmc. *wadjon (see wed).

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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