from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Agile; lively.
- adj. Nautical Responding easily; maneuverable. Used of a vessel.
- adj. Archaic Ready; prepared.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Ready; prepared.
- adj. Ready, alert, prepared, prompt.
- adj. Eager, keen, lively, handy; agile, nimble.
- adj. Easily manageable and answering readily to the helm; yar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Ready; dexterous; eager; lively; quick to move.
- adv. Soon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ready; prepared.
- Prompt; active; brisk; sprightly.
- Easily wrought; answering quickly to the helm; manageable; swift: said of a ship.
- Briskly; dexterously; yarely.
- See yar.
Middle English, from Old English gearo, ready.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English yare, ȝare, from Old English ġearu ("prepared, ready, prompt, equipped, complete, finished, yare"), from Proto-Germanic *garwaz (“ready”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ-, *gʰerbʰ- (“to grab, take, rake”). Cognate with Dutch gaar ("done, dressed, ready"), German gar ("ready, complete"), Icelandic görr, gerr ("perfect"). (Wiktionary)