wær

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Middle English[edit]

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wær

  1. Alternative form of werre

Old English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *war. Cognate with Old Saxon war, Old High German war, Old Norse varr, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐍂 (war).

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wær (comparative wærra, superlative wærest)

  1. cautious, on guard, watching out for something (+genitive)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *wār (true).

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wǣr

  1. true, correct (only attested once)
    Iċ ġelȳfe þæt hit from Gode cōme, brōht from his bysene, þæs mē þes boda sæġde wǣrum wordum.
    I believe that it came from God, brought from His example, for this messenger told me in true words.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *wāru, from Proto-Germanic *wērō (truth). Cognate with Old Saxon wār (truth), Old High German wāra (truth), Latin vērus (true).

Noun[edit]

wǣr f (nominative plural wǣra or wǣre)

  1. truth, faith
  2. fidelity, friendship
  3. agreement, promise
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