adjective, yar·er, yar·est.

  1. quick; agile; lively.
  2. (of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.
  3. Archaic.
    1. ready; prepared.
    2. nimble; quick.

adjective yarer or yarest

  1. archaic, or dialect ready, brisk, or eager
  2. (of a vessel) answering swiftly to the helm; easily handled


  1. obsolete readily or eagerly

adj.“ready, prepared,” Old English gearo “ready,” related to gearwe “clothing, dress” (see gear (n.)). Cf. Dutch gaar “done, dressed;” Old High German garo “ready, prepared, complete.”

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