garron

noun gar·ron \ ˈger-ən , ˈga-rən , gə-ˈrȯn \

Definition of garron

Scotland and Ireland
:a small sturdy workhorse

Origin and Etymology of 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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