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[awrd, ohrd] /ɔrd, oʊrd/

furnished with .
[awr, ohr] /ɔr, oʊr/
a long shaft with a broad blade at one end, used as a lever for rowing or otherwise propelling or steering a boat.
something resembling this or having a similar purpose.
a person who rows; .
verb (used with object)
to propel with or as if with oars; row.
to traverse or make (one’s way) by, or as if by, rowing.
verb (used without object)
to row.
to move or advance as if by rowing.
put in one’s oar, to meddle; interfere:
He put in his oar and was told to mind his own business.
rest on one’s oars, to cease to make an effort; relax after exertion; stop working after success or completing a task:
Once he became president, he was content to rest on his oars.
equipped with oars
(in combination) having oars as specified: two-oared
a long shaft of wood for propelling a boat by rowing, having a broad blade that is dipped into and pulled against the water. Oars were also used for steering certain kinds of ancient sailing boats
short for oarsman
put one’s oar in, to interfere or interrupt
to row or propel with or as if with oars: the two men were oaring their way across the lake

Old English ar “oar,” from Proto-Germanic *airo (cf. Old Norse ar, Danish aare, Swedish åra), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin remus “oar,” Greek eretes “rower,” eretmos “oar.”

Related Terms

row with one oar
[National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of] Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
see: put one’s oar in


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