were

See also: were- and we're

English

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Etymology 1

From Middle English were, weren, from Old English wǣre, wǣron, wǣren, from Proto-Germanic *wēz-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wes-. More at was.

Pronunciation

stressed

unstressed

Verb

were

  1. (deprecated use of |lang= parameter) Second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be
    .
    John, you were the only person to see him.
  2. (deprecated use of |lang= parameter) First-person plural simple past tense indicative of be
    .
    We were about to leave.
  3. (deprecated use of |lang= parameter) Second-person plural simple past tense indicative of be
    .
    Mary and John, you were right.
  4. (deprecated use of |lang= parameter) Third-person plural simple past tense indicative of be
    .
    They were a fine group.
    They were to be the best of friends from that day on.
  5. (deprecated use of |lang= parameter) Simple imperfect subjunctive in all persons of be
    .
    I wish that it were Sunday.
    I wish that I were with you.
    • with "if" omitted, put first in an "if" clause:
      Were it simply that she wore a hat, I would not be upset at all. (= If it were simply...)
      Were father a king, we would have war. (= If father were a king,...)
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      Maccabi would have been out of contention were it not for Stoke's profligacy, but their fortune eventually ran out as the visitors opened the scoring.
  6. (Northern England) was.
Synonyms
  • (second-person singular past indicative, archaic) wast (used with "thou")
  • (second-person singular imperfect subjunctive, archaic) wert (used with "thou")

See also

Etymology 2

From Middle English were, wer, from Old English wer, from Proto-Germanic *weraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (man). Cognate with Latin vir (man). The original meaning of "man" is now preserved only in compounds like were wolf (man-wolf) and were gild (man gold (payment)).

Noun

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were (plural weres)

  1. (obsolete) A fine for slaying a man; weregild.
    • Bosworth
      Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was called his were.
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      The consequence of conviction was, the payment to the person injured, of a were, or penalty, proportioned to the offencel but though this was the ordinary course, the recovery of the were was not the only object of the proceedings. "The were," says Reeve, "in cases of homicide, and the fines that were paid in cases of theft of various kinds, were only to redeem the offender from the proper punishment of the law, which was death, and that was reddemable, not only by paying money, but by undergoing some personal pains; hence it is that we hear a great variety of corporal punishments..."...
  2. (fandom slang) The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.
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Anagrams


Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

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  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of weren

Anagrams


Irarutu

were

Etymology

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Further references


Kurdish

Verb

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  1. (deprecated template usage) Lua error in Module:utilities at line 145: The language code "ku" is not valid.Second-person singular imperative of hatin.

Maku'a

Noun

were

  1. water

References

  • Aone van Engelenhoven, The position of Makuva among the Austronesian languages of Southwest Maluku and East Timor, in Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift, Pacific linguistics 601 (2009)

Mwani

Noun

were 5 (plural mawere)

  1. breast

Onin

Etymology

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Toro

Noun

were

  1. day

Reference


Uruangnirin

Etymology

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)