\ ˈgär How to pronounce gar (audio) \

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

According to The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, there are no confirmed alligator gar attacks on humans. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Houston Teen Caught a 175-Pound Alligator Gar From the Brazos River," 1 Oct. 2018 West Indian manatees, Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises, black bears, herons and fish, such as gar and sunfish, can all be found in Blue Spring State Park. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Springs Guide: Blue Spring State Park," 25 June 2019 Residents reported waves of dead fish, including large, hearty species such as catfish and gar washing up in droves and creating an almost unbearable smell. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Wastewater spill wipes out 175,000 fish north of Birmingham," 14 June 2019 The tyrannosaur remains were found near each other, but the larger dig site also holds half a dozen 3-foot-plus turtle shells, along with remnants of giant fish called gars, parts of a 20-foot crocodile and other bones. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "Tyrannosaurus Rex: Scary. Smart. Social?," 12 Apr. 2019 Nick and his friends eventually released the gar back into the river. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Houston Teen Caught a 175-Pound Alligator Gar From the Brazos River," 1 Oct. 2018 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

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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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