gar·​ron ˈger-ən How to pronounce garron (audio)
gə-ˈrȯn How to pronounce garron (audio)
Scotland and Ireland
: a small sturdy workhorse

Word History


borrowed from Irish gearrán & Scottish Gaelic gearran "gelding, small horse," going back to Middle Irish gerrán, from gerr "short, castrated" (of uncertain origin) + -án, nominalizing suffix

Note: Earlier comparisons of Irish gerr (< *gers-?) with Greek cheírōn "worse, weaker" (nominative plural chérēes "of lower rank") or with Sanskrit hrasati "(it) is diminished, becomes small" are doubtful.

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garron was in 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Garron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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