Adjective "gator" definition and examples

(Gator may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɡeɪtə/

Definitions and examples

noun

An alligator.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'It is kind of hard to get wacky enjoyment out of flesh feasting sharks, slithery snakes, and jaw chomping gators.'
  4. '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).'
  5. 'Hikers will enjoy several Alabama wildlife areas where they can gaze at gators and shorebirds.'
  6. 'Its only natural predator is the alligator but the gators are full.'
  7. '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.'
  8. '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.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'And we handle alligator, large gators, crocodiles every day, catching them, moving them, doing things with them.'

More definitions

1. Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.

More examples(as adjective)

"populations can be gator."

"knowns can be gator."

Origin

Mid 19th century: shortened form.