\ ˈgär \

Definition of gar 

(Entry 1 of 5)

used as a mild oath in the phrase by gar

gar

noun

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

a : needlefish sense 1

b : any of several predaceous North American freshwater bony fishes (family Lepisosteidae) with heavy ganoid scales

gar

abbreviation (1)

Definition of gar (Entry 3 of 5)

garage

GAR

abbreviation (2)

Definition of GAR (Entry 4 of 5)

Grand Army of the Republic

Gar

geographical name
\ ˈgär \
variants: or Kaerh \ˈkä-ˈər \

Definition of Gar (Entry 5 of 5)

town in western Tibet, China

Examples of gar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This 60-year-old Alligator gar is the Texas state record catch, at 197 pounds. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Why people in the South are interested in catching this big, creepy 'trash fish' | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Apr. 2018 But their actions do bowfishers, already under fire from some quarters concerning their targeting of alligator gar, a disservice that could well see their recreation face increased regulation. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 Predominant fish species: Largemouth bass (good in spring, fall and winter months), Blue, channel & flathead catfish (throughout the reservoir), White bass (good from December to February), Crappie, Bluegill & redear sunfish and Alligator gar. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County is home to 14 community fishing lakes," 11 June 2018 In 2015, the record was set when a fisherman caught an 8-foot alligator gar weighing 254 pounds out of the same lake, according to NewsOK. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Fishermen hoping to catch catfish reel in massive alligator gar, instead," 31 May 2018 The Texas agency has plenty of information on the alligator gar on its official website. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' own 'Fish Whisperer' catches an 8-foot alligator gar in the Trinity River," 18 June 2018 While there are no confirmed attacks on people, alligator gar continue to be feared by many. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' own 'Fish Whisperer' catches an 8-foot alligator gar in the Trinity River," 18 June 2018 Tabasco’s freshwater gar, an ancient, primitive fish with a face like an alligator’s. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "A New Revolution in Mexico," 25 June 2012 Alligator gar have not changed in 250 million years. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Gars’ fortunes, anglers’ attitudes evolve over the years," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of gar

Interjection

1598, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gar

Interjection

euphemism for God

Noun

short for garfish

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