Word of the DayMonday, February 25, 2013
\yair\ , adjective;
(of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.
Archaic. a. ready; prepared. b. nimble; quick.
I reckon I was hopin' it would take us to the landin'. She looks yare to me.
-- Jo Goodman, Crystal Passion
Faith, then, up foot! be yare, or, by the mass, I may forget that I am in some sort your captain and in some your debtor! Go!
-- Robert Louis Stevenson, The Black Arrow
Yare was used in Middle English before the year 900, but its Old English progenitor gearu meant "ready" or "prepared."
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