From Middle English ore (“oar”), from Old English ār, from Proto-West Germanic *airu, from Proto-Germanic *airō (“oar”). Cognate with Old Norse ár.
- In British & some other non-rhotic accents:
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɔː/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /oə/
- Homophones: aw, awe (in non-rhotic accents with the horse–hoarse merger)
- In US & some other rhotic accents:
- (General American) enPR: ôr, IPA(key): /ɔɹ/
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- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) enPR: ōr, IPA(key): /o(ː)ɹ/
- Homophones: ore, o'er; or (in accents with the horse-hoarse merger)
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)
oar (plural oars)
- 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
- An oarsman; a rower.
- He is a good oar.
- (zoology) An oar-like swimming organ of various invertebrates.
implement used to row a boat
oar (third-person singular simple present oars, present participle oaring, simple past and past participle oared)
- (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.
- 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, →OCLC:
- 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."
row — see row
From Old Frisian other.
This adjective needs an inflection-table template.
- “oar (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011