garron

noun
gar·​ron | \ ˈger-ən How to pronounce garron (audio) , ˈga-rən, gə-ˈrȯn How to pronounce garron (audio) \

Definition of garron

Scotland and Ireland
: a small sturdy workhorse

First Known Use of garron

1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garron

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.

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“Garron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garron. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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