see also: OAR
    • (RP) IPA: /ɔː/
    • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /oə/
    • (America) enPR: ôr, IPA: /ɔɹ/
    • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) enPR: ōr, IPA: /o(ː)ɹ/

oar (plural oars)

  1. A type of lever used to propel a boat, having a flat blade at one end and a handle at the other, and pivoted in a rowlock atop the gunwale, whereby a rower seated in the boat and pulling the handle can pass the blade through the water by repeated strokes against the water's resistance, thus moving the boat .
  2. An oarsman; a rower.
    He is a good oar.
  3. (zoology) An oar-like swimming organ of various invertebrates.
  • (implement used to propel a boat) paddle
Translations Verb

oar (oars, present participle oaring; past and past participle oared)

  1. (literary) To row; to travel with, or as if with, oars.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      Turning the long tables upside down — and there were twelve of them — they seated themselves, one behind another, within the upturned table tops as though they were boats and were about to oar their way into some fabulous ocean.



  1. Initialism of original aspect ratio

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