\ ˈgär How to pronounce gar (audio) \

Definition of gar

 (Entry 1 of 4)

used as a mild oath in the phrase by gar



Definition of gar (Entry 2 of 4)

: any of various fishes that have an elongate body resembling that of a pike and long narrow jaws: such as
b : any of several predaceous North American freshwater bony fishes (family Lepisosteidae) with heavy ganoid scales

Definition of gar (Entry 3 of 4)


Definition of GAR (Entry 4 of 4)

Grand Army of the Republic

Examples of gar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Arkansas, Konson and Balserak spent more than three weeks trying to catch an alligator gar in the Arkansas River. Ian Dille, Outside Online, 29 Apr. 2022 The 2022 Fish Ohio pin will feature a longnose gar. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 In 2011, an angler pulled out a record gar from Mississippi's Lake Chotard, measuring 8 feet, 6 inches and weighing 327 pounds. Matt Young, Chron, 27 Dec. 2021 The Trinity River is still the best place to catch the biggest gar, although they are found in other lakes and rivers across the state. Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Such was the case in January when a small group of excited spear-fishers slaughtered 82 gar on the Minnesota River. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 It is pronounced gren-AHSH, or for the Spanish Garnacha, gar-NAH-cha. Marc Bona, cleveland, 1 June 2020 Dawson Hefner is a gar guide on Texas’ Trinity River. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 20 Apr. 2020 The gar hunts in open water, and its long jaw and flat head allows it to snap at a fishing coming from almost any direction. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 3 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of gar


1598, in the meaning defined above


1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gar


euphemism for God


short for garfish

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“Gar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gar. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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Gar geographical name

\ ˈgär How to pronounce Gar (audio) \
variants: or Kaerh \ ˈkä-​ˈər How to pronounce Gar (audio) \

Definition of Gar

town in western Tibet, China

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