noun, plural (especially collectively) gar, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gars.
- Also called garfish, garpike. any predaceous freshwater fish of the genus Lepisosteus, of North America, covered with hard, diamond-shaped scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth.
- needlefish(def 1).
verb (used with object), garred, gar·ring.
- Scot. to compel or force (someone) to do something.
- Scot. and North England Obsolete. to do, perform, or cause.
- Grand Army of the Republic.
noun plural gar or gars
- (tr) Scot to cause or compel
“pike-like fish,” 1765, American English, shortening of garfish (mid-15c.), from Old English gar “spear,” from Proto-Germanic *gaizo- (cf. Old Norse geirr, Old Saxon, Old High German ger, German Ger “spear”), from PIE *ghaiso- “stick, spear” (see goad).