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


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)


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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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