Definition of oar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɔː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ɔːr//
Parts of boats and ships, Boating
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  • a long pole with a flat blade at one end that is used for rowing a boat He pulled as hard as he could on the oars. We took one oar each and rowed quickly to the shore. We shipped the oars to get through the narrow opening. compare paddle See related entries: Parts of boats and ships, Boating
  • Word OriginOld English ār, of Germanic origin; related to Danish and Norwegian åre.Idioms (British English, informal) to give your opinion, advice, etc. without being asked and when it is probably not wanted synonym interfere I was getting along very nicely until Patrick stuck his oar in. See related entries: Boating
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