- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)
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; to gnar.
- (intransitive, chiefly Scotland) To growl, especially like a dog; quarrel; to be captious or troublesome.
- (nautical, of a vessel, especially sailboat) Quick and agile; easy to hand, reef and steer.
- 1939 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)
- imperative of
- Before consonantal endings, the stem vowel is pronounced short and the endings themselves have back vowels. In the accusative, dative, and genitive singular, the stem vowel is pronounced long and the endings accordingly take front vowels. The declension is thus irregular:
- Singular: nom. yar — acc. yari — dat. yare — loc. yarda — abl. yardan — gen. yarin
- Plural: nom. yarlar — acc. yarları — dat. yarlara — loc. yarlarda — abl. yarlardan — gen. yarların