gauge, gage

(noun) a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.

pot, grass, green goddess, dope, weed, gage, sess, sens, smoke, skunk, locoweed, Mary Jane

(noun) street names for marijuana

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


gage (third-person singular simple present gages, present participle gaging, simple past and past participle gaged)

(obsolete) To give or deposit as a pledge or security; to pawn.

(archaic) To wager, to bet.

To bind by pledge, or security; to engage.


gage (plural gages)

Something, such as a glove or other pledge, thrown down as a challenge to combat (now usually figurative).

(obsolete) Something valuable deposited as a guarantee or pledge; security, ransom.

Etymology 2


gage (plural gages)

US alternative alternative spelling of gauge (a measure, instrument for measuring, etc.)


gage (third-person singular simple present gages, present participle gaging, simple past and past participle gaged)

(US) Alternative spelling of gauge (to measure)

Usage notes

The spelling gage is encountered primarily in American English, but even there it is less common than the spelling gauge.

Etymology 3


gage (plural gages)

A subspecies of plum, Prunus domestica subsp. italica.

Etymology 4



(obsolete, UK, thieves) A quart pot. [15th–19th c.]

(archaic, UK, slang) A pint pot. [18th–19th c.c.]

(archaic, UK, slang, metonymically) A drink. [from 19th c.]

(archaic, UK, slang) A tobacco pipe. [mid 17th–early 19th c.]

(archaic, UK, slang) A chamberpot. [19th c.]

(archaic, UK, slang) A small quantity of anything. [19th c.]

(slang, dated) Marijuana


Proper noun

Gage (plural Gages)

A surname.

A male given name from surnames, of modern usage.

A female given name.

A ghost town in New Mexico.

A town in Oklahoma.


GAGE (uncountable)

Initialism of Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees.

Source: Wiktionary

Gage, n. Etym: [F. gage, LL. gadium, wadium; of German origin; cf. Goth. wadi, OHG. wetti, weti, akin to E. wed. See Wed, and cf. Wage, n.]

1. A pledge or pawn; something laid down or given as a security for the performance of some act by the person depositing it, and forfeited by nonperformance; security. Nor without gages to the needy lend. Sandys.

2. A glove, cap, or the like, cast on the ground as a challenge to combat, and to be taken up by the accepter of the challenge; a challenge; a defiance. "There I throw my gage." Shak.

Gage, n. Etym: [So called because an English family named Gage imported the greengage from France, in the last century.]

Definition: A variety of plum; as, the greengage; also, the blue gage, frost gage, golden gage, etc., having more or less likeness to the greengage. See Greengage.

Gage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gaged; p. pr & vb. n. Gaging.] Etym: [Cf. F. gager. See Gage, n., a pledge.]

1. To give or deposit as a pledge or security for some act; to wage or wager; to pawn or pledge. [Obs.] A moiety competent Was gaged by our king. Shak.

2. To bind by pledge, or security; to engage. Great debts Wherein my time, sometimes too prodigal, Hath left me gaged. Shak.

Gage, n.

Definition: A measure or standart. See Gauge, n.

Gage, v. t.

Definition: To measure. See Gauge, v. t. You shall not gage me By what we do to-night. Shak.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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