vær

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See also: var, VAR, vár, vår, and văr

Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

vær

  1. Imperative of være.
    Vær rar!
    Be nice!

Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse vér, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, from Proto-Indo-European *wéy, plural of *éǵh₂.

Pronoun[edit]

vær

  1. (archaic, poetic) First person plural pronoun used in kvæði; we (singular eg).
    Vær høvum verið á útróðri, og tað bar lítið til hjá osum.
    We have been out fishing but the catch was poor.

Usage notes[edit]

This pronouns commands the older first person plural conjugation, formed by adding the ending -um to the stem. In the case of the verb "hava" and other verbs with the letter a as the last vowel of the root this is changed to ø before -um.


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Imperative of Old Norse vera

Verb[edit]

vær

  1. Imperative form of the verb være, meaning to be. Several meanings are the same in English, including:
    1. to exist
    2. to be somewhere/at a place

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse veðr (weather) ( > Danish vejr). From Proto-Germanic *wedrą, whence also Old English weder, Old High German wetar. Compare Russian вёдро.

Noun[edit]

vær n (definite singular været; uncountable)

  1. weather

Etymology 3[edit]

Old Norse ver. Related to Icelandic ver ('fishing center'). Probably from Proto-Germanic *warja-, other cognates including Old English wer (>Modern English weir), Old Saxon werr, Middle Low German were/wer, Middle High German wer (> Modern German Wehr).

Noun[edit]

vær n (definite singular været; indefinite plural vær; definite plural væra/værene)

  1. fishing harbor, fishing village

Etymology 4[edit]

Imperative of Old Norse viðra

Verb[edit]

vær

  1. Imperative form of the verb være, meaning to sniff (make a short, audible inhalation), to foresee/sense that something is nearby.

Etymology 5[edit]

From Old Norse veðr (male sheep) ( > Danish vædder). Proto-Germanic *weþraz, whence also Old English weþer (English wether), Old High German widar ( > German Widder), Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌸𐍂𐌿𐍃 (wiþrus, lamb). Compare Sanskrit वत्स (vatsa, calf, young animal).

Noun[edit]

vær m (definite singular væren; indefinite plural værer; definite plural værene)

  1. ram (male sheep)