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