Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several ganoid fishes of the family Lepisosteidae of fresh and brackish waters of North and Central America, having long narrow jaws, an elongated body, and a long snout.
  • n. A similar or related fish, such as the needlefish. Also called garfish, garpike.
  • transitive v. Scots To cause or compel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several fish, of the family Lepisosteidae, that have long, narrow jaws; garfish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any slender marine fish of the genera Belone and Tylosurus. See garfish.
  • n. The gar pike. See Alligator gar (under alligator), and Gar pike.
  • transitive v. To cause; to make.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause; make; force; compel.
  • n. A spear: an element in certain proper names of Anglo-Saxon origin, as Edgar (AS. Eádgār, happy or fortunate spear), Ethelgar (AS. Aethelgār, noble spear), etc.
  • n. [Abbr. of garfish.] A garfish; one of several different fishes, belonging to different orders, which have a long sharp snout or beak, likened to a spear; a bill-fish: as, the common gar, Belone vulgaris; especially, in the United States, a ganoid fish of the family Lepidosteidœ; a garpike.
  • n. Mud; ooze; dirt; slime.
  • n. Vegetable slime found adhering to ships' bottoms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters
  • n. primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth

Etymologies

Short for garfish.
Middle English geren, from Old Norse gera, to make.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Short for garfish. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English garren, gerren, from Old Norse gera, gerva (Swedish göra, Danish gjöre), from Proto-Germanic *garwijanan. Compare yare. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just because a gar is of no use to you doesn't mean it has no use.

    There is a local warm water discharge from a power plant that I fish at.

  • Bin gar keine Russin, stamm 'aus Litauen, echt deutsch.

    Won`t Get Fooled Again

  • Dismissed by some as a gamefish-devouring, muddy-water-dwelling trash species, the alligator gar is nonetheless heralded by a growing number of devotees as a premier sport fish — hard fighting, mean, and (in growing to 8 feet and 300 pounds) just about the biggest thing you're apt to encounter in inland waters.

    Fun Facts About Alligator Gar

  • A park volunteer who was doing a gar census near where we were a gar is a skinny fish that becomes as big as fifty pounds, and is distinguished by an extremely long, thin nose handed me his binoculars and I got a good close-up of the alligator's face.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • By the end of Richard's first month at the palace, the gar was a head taller than R'ichard, and significantly stronger.

    Stone of Tears

  • The gar was a big one even after he had been dressed.

    Half of Paradise

  • It's called gar-*zing*, because it has a special * zing* in its crust.

    KDBC.com

  • For further specificity, the "gar" is like the first syllable of "Gary", at least the way George says it.

    HBO confirms remainder of cast

  • A flicker of movement caught Aran'gar's eye, and she peered through the trees toward the army's camp, an obscuring ring around the tents of the Aes Sedai.

    The Path of Daggers

  • But the Myrddraal impassively studied Aran'gar's darkening face for a long moment more before letting her feet touch the carpet and loosening its grip.

    Lord of Chaos

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