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From the present participle stem of Anglo-Norman warir, from Old French guarir (modern guérir), from Frankish *warjan, from Proto-Germanic *warjaną. Compare guarish.


warish (third-person singular simple present warishes, present participle warishing, simple past and past participle warished)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To cure or heal (an illness or person)
    • Late 14th century: Thanne were myn herte / Al warisshed of his bittre peynes smerte. — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
    • Holland
      Varro testifies that even at this day there be some who warish and cure the stinging of serpents with their spittle.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To get better; to recover from an illness