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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man.
  • n. Wergild.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A simplified spelling of were.
  • n. A man.
  • n. Wergild.
  • n. An obsolete form of weir.
  • A dialectal form of our.


From Middle English wer, from Old English wer ("a male being, man, husband, hero"), from Proto-Germanic *weraz (“man”), from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (“man, freeman”). Cognate with Middle High German wër ("man"), Swedish värbror ("brother-in-law"), Norwegian verfader ("father-in-law"), Latin vir ("man, husband"). (Wiktionary)



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