Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Quick or ready, a naval term frequently used by Shakespeare.
From the OED:
yare, a.1. Ready, prepared. a. of persons: const. to with n. or inf. b. of things; in later use, (of implements) ready for use. c. to make yare: to make ready, get ready, prepare (also refl.).2. Alert, nimble, active, brisk, quick. b. Of a ship: Moving lightly and easily; answering readily to the helm; easily manageable.3. Comb., as yare-handed; yare-witel, quick-witted.
yare, v.trans. To make or get ready, to prepare.
yare, adv.1. Quickly, without delay, promptly, immediately, soon. (Often used vaguely, esp. in full yare, as a riming tag.) Obs. b. Nimbly, briskly. Obs. rare. c. As exclamation: = Quick! esp. in nautical use. arch.2. Well, thoroughly; (often with know, etc.) certainly, plainly, without doubt. (Often used vaguely as in 1.) Obs.
From The Philadelphia Story:
Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn): "My, she was yare." --Tracy.
George Kitteredges (John Howard): "Yare? What's that mean?"
Tracy: "It means, uh... easy to handle, quick to the helm, fast, bright-- everything a boat should be... until she develops dry rot."
not to be confused with "oh! yair"oryaair yare na. An inclosure extending into a tide-way in a river or on the sea-shore, for catching fish; a fishgarth.1178-1219
b. attrib. and Comb.: yair-fishing, fishing by means of yairs; yair-net, a long net fixed by poles and extending into a river so as to form a yair.
another water connection.River Yare at Yarmouth
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