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oar

noun \ ˈȯr \

Definition of oar

1 :a long pole with a broad blade at one end used for propelling or steering a boat
2 :oarsman

oared

play \ˈȯrd\ adjective

Examples of oar in a Sentence

  1. “All oars ho!” the boatswain ordered

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Origin and Etymology of oar

Middle English oor, from Old English ār; akin to Old Norse ār oar

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oar

verb

Definition of oar

intransitive verb
:to progress by or as if by using oars
transitive verb
:to propel with or as if with oars :row

Examples of oar in a Sentence

  1. since the wind had completely died, they had to oar the sailboat back to shore

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First Known Use of oar

15th century

oar Synonyms

Synonyms
1row, paddle, scull
Related Words
canoe, kayak; pole, punt; feather, pull

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OAR Defined for English Language Learners

oar

noun

Definition of oar for English Language Learners

  • : a long pole that is flat and wide at one end and that is used for rowing and steering a boat


OAR Defined for Kids

oar

noun \ ˈȯr \

Definition of oar for Students

:a long pole that is flat and wide at one end and that is used for rowing or steering a boat


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