Derived from *warjaną (“to hinder, defend”).
This noun does not survive on its own in any language, but only as a suffix. This may mean that it appeared only in compounds in Proto-Germanic as well.
The compound form of this noun was conflated with *-ārijaz in many languages, eventually causing both to be treated as one.
- Old English: -ware
- Old Frisian: -ere
- Old Saxon: *-āri
- Old Dutch: *-āri
- Old High German: -āri, -eri
- Old Norse: -verr
- Icelandic: -ver
- → Latin: -vārii (in ancient Germanic tribal names)