Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Middle English, before 900
(of a ship) Responding promptly to the helm.
Examples of Yare in a sentence
"Despite the ship’s large size, it was surprisingly yare on sharp turns."
"Nancy found her hair to be more yare after her haircut."
Popularity Over Time
Yare developed from the Middle English word (borrowed from Old Germanic) “gearu,” meaning “prepared, ready.” It is also thought to be related to the Dutch word “gaar” (done, dressed) and the German word “gar” (ready).
Did you Know?
Bigger ships are likely to be less yare than smaller ones, especially when it comes to emergency stops. A CNN article describes the experience as operating a small, floating city — one that comes without emergency brakes. Captains of gigantic container and cruise ships rely on modified steering wheels and a good sense of weather and direction to ensure smooth sailing.