See also: OAR and öar


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From Middle English ore (oar), from Old English ār, from Proto-West Germanic *airu, from Proto-Germanic *airō (oar). Cognate with Old Norse ár.



oar (plural oars)

  1. A type of lever used to propel a boat, having a flat blade at one end and a handle at the other, and pivoted in a rowlock atop the gunwale, whereby a rower seated in the boat and pulling the handle can pass the blade through the water by repeated strokes against the water's resistance, thus moving the boat.
    Synonym: paddle
  2. An oarsman; a rower.
    He is a good oar.
  3. (zoology) An oar-like swimming organ of various invertebrates.

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

  1. (literary) 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.
    • 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."



West FrisianEdit


From Old Frisian other.



  1. other
  2. different


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Further readingEdit

  • oar (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011