\ ˈgär How to pronounce gar (audio) \

Definition of gar

 (Entry 1 of 5)

used as a mild oath in the phrase by gar



Definition of gar (Entry 2 of 5)

: 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 5)


Definition of GAR (Entry 4 of 5)

Grand Army of the Republic


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

Definition of Gar (Entry 5 of 5)

town in western Tibet, China

Examples of gar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Like Phoebodus, the alligator gar has long jaws and a flat skull, which limit its bite force. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, 1 Oct. 2019 Texas currently imposes no length restrictions on alligator gar. Shannon Tompkins, ExpressNews.com, 16 Aug. 2019 See more new rule changes here >>> Texas hunters and anglers in for big rule changes See above for some massive gar caught by anglers. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, 20 Aug. 2019 Also beginning September 1, all alligator gar harvested from public freshwater and saltwater bodies, other than Falcon International Reservoir, must be reported to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department within 24 hours of harvest. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, 20 Aug. 2019

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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 14 Jun. 2021.

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