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From Middle English ?aren, ?urren, ?eorren, from Old English ?eorran, ?irran, gyrran (“to sound, chatter, grunt, creak, grate”), from Proto-Germanic *gerran? (“to creak”), from Proto-Indo-European *g?er- (“to make a noise, rattle, gurgle, grumble”). Cognate with Scots yarr, yirr (“to snarl, growl, quarrel, cause trouble”), Middle High German girren (“to roar, cry, rattle, chatter”).
- (intransitive) To snarl; to gnar.
- (intransitive, chiefly Scotland) To growl, especially like a dog; quarrel; to be captious or troublesome.
- (Britain dialectal) Sour; brackish.
From Old English gearu (“ready”), from Proto-Germanic *garwaz.