Meaning of gator in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡeɪtə/


informal mainly North American
  • An alligator.

    • ‘And we handle alligator, large gators, crocodiles every day, catching them, moving them, doing things with them.’
    • ‘Since the domes lie along the surface of the water when crocs and gators are in their hunting posture, he wondered whether they might play some role in the animals' snappy reflexes.’
    • ‘Its only natural predator is the alligator but the gators are full.’
    • ‘I look at the maps and consider the Mississippi in terms of one of its most enduring symbols, the alligator - a gator so huge and old and with such a dangerous tail that she's been put in a cage.’
    • ‘But during last year's hurricanes, powerful storm surges - abnormal rises in sea level - pushed salt water into the inland marshes where gators lay their eggs.’
    • ‘In repeated tests, other gators also responded the same way, lunging or at least turning their heads toward disturbances in the water - but only when their stubble of domes was lying along the plane of the water's surface.’
    • ‘An alligator bite provoked by the bite bar, they say, is sort of like the reflex that occurs when a doctor taps a patient's knee with a special hammer; the bite response is the same in gators regardless of location.’
    • ‘Participating farmers are required to return 14 percent of their gators that are 4 feet or longer back to the wild.’
    • ‘Hikers will enjoy several Alabama wildlife areas where they can gaze at gators and shorebirds.’
    • ‘Hike through wildlife refuge areas, gaze at gators, or add to your bird watching life list.’
    • ‘It is kind of hard to get wacky enjoyment out of flesh feasting sharks, slithery snakes, and jaw chomping gators.’
    • ‘Every sound of life in the Everglades comes to life, with cicadas whining, birds chirping, gators growling - this is one of the most immersive audio environments I've heard on such a low-rent flick.’
    • ‘Once I was surrounded, the gators started to grin, and I mean grin, and showed me their razor-sharp teeth that were filed down to points (and could probably unhinge their jaws as well).’
    • ‘I might have been tempted to write it off as one of those Florida aberrations, like gators sunning themselves along Interstate Hwy 4.’
    • ‘And that spells good news for gators, which can't survive in areas of extremely poor water quality, according to studies done by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.’
    • ‘You have coon hunts, gators snoozing in the middle of the town square (the townsfolk politely step around him so as not to disrupt his nap), and drunken brawls at town socials.’
    • ‘And when you're ready to leave dry ground behind, take a boat tour of the picturesque Atchafalaya River Basin to encounter gators, birds, and the vast beauty of the swamp.’
    • ‘In an experiment to test how the facial dots affect behavior, he placed young gators in a tank of shallow water so that they were half-submerged.’
    • ‘One displaced family wrote a book and they hope that their simple story of a New Orleans cat, squirrel and a few gators will help kids communicate about the storm.’
    • ‘At 3: 45 a.m., the airboaters were rescued, along with the two gators they had bagged.’


Mid 19th century shortened form.