ga·​tor ˈgā-tər How to pronounce gator (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Florida man attacked by gator 00:49 An alligator believed to have been stolen from a Texas zoo more than 20 years ago has been returned to the zoo it was allegedly taken from. CBS News, 7 Mar. 2023 Oregon:California man dies after falling from rocky bluff, getting swept into ocean 'A gator just bit me':An alligator attacked him on his front porch. Julius Whigham Ii, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2023 First, the gator wedges its snout between two of the metal bars. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 6 Mar. 2023 By the time Iden and a sheriff’s deputy arrived, multiple motorists had stopped and were surrounding the gator. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2023 The wayward gator was discovered in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Lake by workers for the New York Department of Parks and Recreation last Sunday. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 26 Feb. 2023 The competing elements balance out to create a timeless look, all topped off with a faux gator strap. Men's Health, 24 Feb. 2023 Easily the most distinctive detail about the Challenger Black Ghost is the faux-gator-skin graphics on the roof. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 10 Feb. 2023 The zoo is caring for the gator until it is transferred to the Florida alligator sanctuary. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 21 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gator was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Gator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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