Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English were, weren, from Old English wǣre, wǣren, wǣron; see wes- in Indo-European roots.]

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Old English wǣre.

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Old English wer, from Proto-Germanic *weraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (“man”).

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