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used as a mild oath in the phrase by gar


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


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Grand Army of the Republic

Examples of gar in a Sentence

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Now, the alligator gar, which the fishermen released back into the reservoir, is being reviewed by IGFA for two potential records. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2023 Finally, remember that alligator gar can breathe air. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 25 May 2023 Captain Kirk Kirkland served as the guide to Art Weston who reeled in the 283-pound alligator gar on Sept. 2. Sydney Borchers, Fox News, 26 Oct. 2023 Long before any of these modern invasives, people went to great lengths in the 1930s to get rid of native alligator gar with a custom boat called the Electric Gar Destroyer that would zap the fish with high voltage. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 25 Oct. 2023 Weston's fish is also a contender for the record for the largest gar caught with a 6-pound test line. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2023 The previous state-record longnose gar was 30 pounds, 14 ounces, and Ormond’s fish weighed 31 pounds on his hand scale. Outdoor Life, 3 Aug. 2023 So in a river full of alligator gar, for example, or a lake full of flathead catfish, their ability to escape predation is lower than that of a regular-finned common carp. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 14 June 2023 As soon as the hooks grab, the gar will go ballistic. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 25 May 2023 See More

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Word History



euphemism for God


short for garfish

First Known Use


1598, in the meaning defined above


1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gar was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Gar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: any of various fishes with a long body like that of a pike and long narrow jaws

Geographical Definition


geographical name

variants or Kaerh
town in western Tibet, China

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