arrear

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French arere, ariere, from Vulgar Latin ad retro (to the rear).

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arrear (comparative more arrear, superlative most arrear)

  1. (obsolete) Towards the rear, backwards. [14th-16th c.]
    • 1591, Edmund Spenser, Virgil's Gnat, ll. 465-8:
      She, (Ladie) having well before approoved / The feends to be too cruell and severe, / Observ'd th' appointed way, as her behooved, / Ne ever did her ey-sight turne arere [...].
  2. (obsolete) Behind time; overdue. [15th-19th c.]
    • 1803, Edward Hyde East, Reports of cases Argued and determined in the Court of King's Bench, London 1814, vol. 3, p. 559:
      In case the annuity should be arrear for sixty days being lawfully demanded, then the trustee might enter upon the premises assigned [...].

Noun[edit]

arrear (plural arrears)

  1. Work to be done, obligation.
    I have a large arrear of letters to write. -- J. D. Forbes.
    My own work, with its manifold arrears, took me all day to clear off. -- Stoker, Dracula
  2. Unpaid debt.

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Verb[edit]

arrear (first-person singular present indicative arreio, past participle arreado)

  1. (transitive) to harness (to place a harness on something)

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Spanish[edit]

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Verb[edit]

arrear (first-person singular present arreo, first-person singular preterite arreé, past participle arreado)

  1. to urge
  2. to harness

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