Meaning of GAGE in English

I. ˈgāj noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, of Germanic origin; akin to Gothic wadi pledge — more at wed

1. : a personal pledge that one will appear to support by combat his assertions or claims ; especially : a glove, cap, or other personal belonging cast on the ground to be taken up by an opponent as a pledge of combat

2. : something deposited or given to or taken by another as a security for the performance of some act by the person depositing it or giving it up and forfeited by nonperformance : security ; also : the transaction by which the security is given or taken — compare mortgage , pledge

- throw down the gage

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle French gager, from Old French gagier, from gage, n.

1. archaic : to give or deposit as a gage : give as security for some act : offer as a forfeit : pledge

2. archaic : stake , risk


variant of gauge

IV. ˈgāj noun

( -s )

Etymology: by shortening

: greengage

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