From Middle English ȝaren, ȝurren, ȝeorren, from Old English ġeorran, ġirran, gyrran (“to sound, chatter, grunt, creak, grate”), from Proto-Germanic *gerraną (“to creak”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- (“to make a noise, rattle, gurgle, grumble”). Cognate with Scots yarr, yirr (“to snarl, growl, quarrel, cause trouble”), Middle High German girren (“to roar, cry, rattle, chatter”).
- (intransitive) To snarl; gnar.
- (intransitive, chiefly Scotland) To growl, especially like a dog; quarrel; be captious or troublesome.
- (nautical, of a vessel, especially sailboat) Quick and agile; easy to hand, reef and steer.
- 1940 My, she was yar...It means, uh...easy to handle, quick to the helm, fast, right. Everything a boat should be, until she develops dry rot. - The Philadelphia Story written by Philip Barry
- 1958, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
- ...to make a ship best weighed, or yarest in her going.
yar f (plural yer)