American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. Northern England was.
- n. archaic man (human male), as in werewolf ("man-wolf").
- n. obsolete 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To wear. See 3d wear.
- n. obsolete A weir. See weir.
- v. obsolete To guard; to protect.
- The imperfect indicative plural, and imperfect subjunctive singular and plural, of the verb
be. See be.
- n. obsolete A man.
- n. obsolete A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's life; weregild.
- Old English wer, from Proto-Germanic *weraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (“man”). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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“I thought you were keeping in contact and telling me the things you were because you honestly loved me and needed time to take care of yourself, so you could give us the chance the same chance I gave you at some point.”
“What an absurdity were it, if in the body natural _all were an eye_, or _hand_! for _where_ then _were the hearing, smelling_, &c.; _or if all were one member, where were the body_?”
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