gat in catalan, appart of the animal is a tool. I don't know how do you say in english, it serves to hold the car while changing the wheels, for example. "Gato" (the translation in spanish) has also both meanings: animal and tool. Could someone add them? —This unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) at 16:08, 1 September 2005.
A verb ?
- Probably needs attention from someone with OED access. RFT? DCDuring TALK 20:29, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
OED has no entries for this as a verb at all. It confirms the noun use as a gun, and also includes a noun use as an opening between sandbanks, a channel or strait (which interestingly fits a Dutch sense of the word). Llykstw/ Dutch specified Verbo 10:49, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
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Etymology 1 Verb
The entry for gat has had To shoot someone with a pistol or other handheld firearm, added as a verb recently. I couldn't find examples of this, but in looking found we are missing an archaic verb form for get.--Dmol 20:47, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
- Hmm, not one I've heard, but I can imagine that it's contracted from "Gatling gun". It might be an archaic term from the '40s or '50s. --EncycloPetey 22:05, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
- It's marked Hip hop slang, (Sorry, I trimmed this off my cut and paste), so that is modern. I read lots of old crime fiction such as Chandler and Hammett, and it never appears as a verb there. BTW, a Gatling gun is huge, not a handgun.--Dmol 20:43, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
Etymology 2 Verb
OED has no entry for gat as a verb, archaic or otherwise. 184.108.40.206
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Rfv-sense: An Irish slang sense, gat#Etymology 3, meaning something like tomcat#Verb. Claimed only as gatting, gating. No ety. Other forms, esp. base, need to be attested. DCDuring TALK 20:46, 11 July 2010 (UTC)
- I can't help with the Irish, though I suspect it is just a variant of gadding. I was surprised to find that we don't have the only sense of the word that I know - gat as a variant of got - the past tense of the verb to get. Is this usage now rare other than in dialect? e.g. And Abraham gat up early in the morning Genesis 19,27 Dbfirs 09:27, 15 July 2010 (UTC)