Etymology: An occupational surname from Middle English gage, gauge "measure" for an assayer, or gage "pledge" for a moneylender.
- A surname.
- (given name, male), modern transferred use of the surname.
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- Something, such as a glove or other pledge thrown down as a challenge to combat.
verb (gag, ing)
- 1819, "But it is enough that I challenge the trial by combat " there lies my ." She took her embroidered glove from her hand, and flung it down before the Grand Master with an air of mingled simplicity and dignity " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
- (alternative spelling of, gauge) Used especially as a atechnical term of measuring devices and standard measures.
- A short form of greengage.
- (obsolete) Something valuable deposited as a guarantee or pledge; security, ransom.
Etymology: From Old (and modern) French gagerFrench, gager (verb), French, gage (noun), from Frankish , from Germanic ( > English wed).
- (alternative spelling of, gauge) To measure.
- (obsolete) To give or deposit as a pledge or security; to pawn
- (archaic) To wager, to bet.
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