Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Second person singular and plural and first and third person plural past indicative of be.
  • v. Past subjunctive of be. See Usage Notes at if, wish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. man (human male), as in werewolf ("man-wolf").
  • n. A fine for slaying a man; weregild.
  • n. The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.
  • v. Second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
  • v. First-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
  • v. Second-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
  • v. Third-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
  • v. Simple imperfect subjunctive in all persons of be.
  • v. was.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The imperfect indicative plural, and imperfect subjunctive singular and plural, of the verb be. See be.
  • n. A weir. See weir.
  • n. A man.
  • n. A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's life; weregild.
  • v. To wear. See 3d wear.
  • transitive v. To guard; to protect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of wear 1, wear, weir, war, vair.
  • n. See wer.
  • n. Indicative plural and subjunctive singular and plural of was. See was.

Etymologies

Middle English were, weren, from Old English wǣre, wǣren, wǣron; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wǣre. (Wiktionary)
Old English wer, from Proto-Germanic *weraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (“man”). (Wiktionary)

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