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Old English ār, from Old Norse ár, from Proto-Germanic *airō (oar).



an oar

oar (plural oars)

  1. An implement used to propel a boat or a ship in the water, having a flat blade at one end, being rowed from the other end and being normally fastened to the vessel.
  2. An oarsman; a rower.
    He is a good oar.
  3. (zoology) An oar-like swimming organ of various invertebrates.


  • (implement used to propel a boat): paddle

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oar (third-person singular simple present oars, present participle oaring, simple past and past participle oared)

  1. To row; to travel with, or as if with, oars.
    • 1866, Thomas S. Muir, Barra Head (page 52)
      The weather was fine, and whilst oaring along I would fain have landed on the islands between; but fearful of a change, and already half worn-out by my previous trail, I let them go by with the comforting resolve of turning them up on some future occasion.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      Turning the long tables upside down — and there were twelve of them — they seated themselves, one behind another, within the upturned table tops as though they were boats and were about to oar their way into some fabulous ocean.
    • 1996, Peter J. Bowler, Life's Splendid Drama
      In Nopsca's theory, flight evolved as a means of running more quickly over the ground: "Birds originated from bipedal, long-tailed cursorial reptiles which during running oared along in the air by flapping their free anterior extremities."



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