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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡæɹ.əθ/, /ˈɡæɹ.ɪθ/, /ˈɡæɹ.ɛθ/

Etymology 1[edit]

Of Old Welsh origin and cognate with the Welsh name Geraint (from Latin Gerontius (old man), from Ancient Greek γέρων (gérōn, old man)) or perhaps the word gwareddawg, gwaredd (gentleness); see gwâr (gentle).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A male given name from Welsh of Welsh origin; name of a knight in the Arthurian romance.
    • 1872 Alfred Tennyson: Gareth and Lynette:
      The last tall son of Lot and Bellicent,
      And tallest, Gareth, in a showerful spring,
      Stared at the spate.

Etymology 2[edit]

Cockney rhyming slang based on the name of actor Gareth Hunt.[1][2][3]


Gareth (plural Gareths)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) cunt


  1. ^ A dictionary of slang - "G" - Slang and colloquialisms of the UK.
  2. ^ (please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 16 March 2007, archived from the original on 2014-08-20
  3. ^ Anonymous Dirty Cockney Rhyming Slang Michael O'Mara Books Ltd. →ISBN