wearh

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wargaz > *werg, from Proto-Indo-European *werg̑ʰ- (“to choke”). Cognate with Old Saxon warag, Old High German warc, Old Norse vargr (outlaw, wolf) (Swedish varg (wolf)). See also English warg.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wearh m

  1. criminal, reprobate, felon
    Wearh hangian, fægere ongildan þæt he ær facen dyde manna cynne. The criminal shall hang, paying fairly for the crime he committed against the race of men. (Maxims II)
  2. monster, evil spirit

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: wary (noun)