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oar

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noun \ˈȯr\

Definition of oar

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

  2. 2 :  oarsman

oared

play \ˈȯrd\ adjective

Examples of oar in a sentence

  1. <All oars ho! the boatswain ordered>

Origin and Etymology of oar

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms


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oar

verb

Definition of oar

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to progress by or as if by using oars

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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>

15th Century

First Known Use of oar

15th century

Other Nautical Terms


OAR Defined for English Language Learners

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oar

play
noun \ˈȯr\

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

play
noun \ˈȯr\

Definition of oar for Students

  1. :  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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