from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Agile; lively.
  • adjective Nautical Responding easily; maneuverable. Used of a vessel.
  • adjective Archaic Ready; prepared.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Ready; prepared.
  • Prompt; active; brisk; sprightly.
  • Easily wrought; answering quickly to the helm; manageable; swift: said of a ship.
  • See yar.
  • Briskly; dexterously; yarely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Ready; dexterous; eager; lively; quick to move.
  • adverb obsolete Soon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective archaic Ready; prepared.
  • adjective Ready, alert, prepared, prompt.
  • adjective Eager, keen, lively, handy; agile, nimble.
  • adjective nautical, of a ship Easily manageable and answering readily to the helm; yar.


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

[Middle English, from Old English gearo, ready.]

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From Middle English yare, ȝare, from Old English ġearu ("prepared, ready, prompt, equipped, complete, finished, yare"), from Proto-Germanic *garwaz (“ready”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ-, *gʰerbʰ- (“to grab, take, rake”). Cognate with Dutch gaar ("done, dressed, ready"), German gar ("ready, complete"), Icelandic görr, gerr ("perfect").


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  • characterized by speed and agility; nimble, lively, handy, maneuverable

    archaic: set for action

    Etymology: Middle English, from Old English gearu; akin to Old High German garo ready

    Date: before 12th century

    She's a right yarely ship, she is.

    October 31, 2007

  • This word's most popular usage in the 20th Century may have been three times in the movie "Philadelphia Story," in reference to a boat and to the heroine of the movie, as in this dialogue by characters played by Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant:

    Tracy Lord: Oh Dexter you're not doing it just to soften the blow?

    C. K. Dexter Haven: No.

    Tracy Lord: Nor to save my face?

    C. K. Dexter Haven: Oh, it's a nice little face.

    Tracy Lord: Oh Dexter, I'll be yare now, I promise to be yare.

    C. K. Dexter Haven: Be whatever you like, you're my redhead.

    The script had previously set the stage for this exchange by using yare in reference to a boat the two erstwhile (in the original, precise definition) lovers had enjoyed.

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