1893 text

Quick or ready, a naval term frequently used by Shakespeare.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Phil Gyford  •  Link

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.

Nix  •  Link

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."

CGS  •  Link

not to be confused with "oh! yair"
yaair yare n
a. An inclosure extending into a tide-way in a river or on the sea-shore, for catching fish; a fishgarth.

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.

CGS  •  Link

another water connection.
River Yare at Yarmouth

stuart  •  Link

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