nounpl. or gars
- any of an order (Semionotiformes) of North American freshwater bony fishes having an elongated body covered with ganoid scales, a long beaklike snout, and many sharp teeth
Origin of garcontr. from garfish
- Any of several fishes of the family Lepisosteidae of fresh and brackish waters of North and Central America and Cuba, having an elongated body and long narrow jaws with sharp teeth. Also called garfish . Also called garpike .
- A needlefish.
Origin of garShort for garfish
transitive verbgarred, gar·ring, gars Scots
Origin of garMiddle English geren from Old Norse gera to make
- (obsolete) Spear.
From Middle English gar, gare, gere, gore, from Old English gār (“spear, dart, javelin, shaft, arrow, weapon, arms”), from Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (“spear, pike, javelin”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰayso- (“pointed stick, spear”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰey- (“to drive, move, fling”). Cognate with West Frisian gear, Dutch geer (“pointed weapon, spear”), German Ger (“spear”), Norwegian geir (“spear”), Icelandic geir (“spear”). Related to gore.
Short for garfish..
(third-person singular simple present gars, present participle garring, simple past and past participle gart)