wær

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Old English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *waraz. Cognate with Old High German giwar (compare ġewær).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wær

  1. aware, cautious
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wēraz (true), from Proto-Indo-European *wēr-. Germanic cognates include Old High German wār, wāra (German wahr), Old Saxon wār (Low German war), Old Dutch wār (Dutch waar), Old Norse várar (plural). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin vērus, Old Irish fír (Irish fíor), Welsh cywir, Old Church Slavonic вѣра (věra) (Russian вера (vera)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wǣr

  1. true, correct (only attested once)
    Iċ ġelȳfe þæt hit from Gode cōme, brōht from his bysene, þæs mē þēs 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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Noun[edit]

wǣr f (nominative plural wǣra or wǣre)

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