wer

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See also: wër, wer-, and WER

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wer, from Old English wer (a male being, man, husband, hero), from Proto-Germanic *weraz (man), from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (man, freeman). Cognate with Middle High German wër (man), Swedish värbror (brother-in-law), Norwegian verfader (father-in-law), Latin vir (man, husband).

Noun[edit]

wer (plural wers)

  1. (obsolete) A man.
  2. (obsolete) Wergeld.

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Cornish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wer

  1. Soft mutation of gwer.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷis. Related to wo.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wer

  1. (interrogative) who
    Wer hat das gesagt?Who said that?
  2. (interrogative, colloquial) what (see usage notes)
  3. (relative) whoever, he who, someone who
    Wer eine Frage hat, kann sich jetzt melden.
    Whoever has a question, put up their hands now.
  4. (indefinite, colloquial) somebody, someone
    Da ist wer an der Tür. – There's somebody at the door.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (what): In colloquial German, wer and its forms may be used in reference to things. This is often done when asking about a noun whose gender one knows to be masculine or feminine. For example: Kannst du mir mal den Dings rübergeben?Wen? (“Could you pass me the thingamabob?” – “Pass what?”) In this case, the interrogative mirrors the gender of the noun one asks about.
  • (someone): The colloquial wer meaning “someone” cannot usually be the first word in a main clause, because it could be misinterpreted as an interrogative in this position. The only exception is when it is followed by a nominalized adjective: Wer Neues ist in die Mannschaft gekommen. – “Someone new joined the team.”

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Hunsrik[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wer

  1. (interrogative) who
    Wer kommd dart?
    Who goes there?
    Wer sihst-du?
    Who do you see?

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Kurdish[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wer

  1. so

Kuri[edit]

Noun[edit]

wer

  1. water

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Meriam[edit]

Noun[edit]

wer

  1. egg
  2. testicle
  3. star

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wer, compare Old Norse verr

Noun[edit]

wer (plural wers)

  1. a man, a husband
  2. Alternative spelling of war

Verb[edit]

wer

  1. were

Ndom[edit]

Noun[edit]

wer

  1. water

Reference[edit]

  • Oceanic linguistics, volumes 20 à 21, University Press of Hawaii, page 129, 1981

Old English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *weraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (freeman). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German wer, Old Norse verr, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐍂 (wair). The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Latin vir, Sanskrit वीर (vīrá), Old Irish fer, Welsh gŵr), Lithuanian výras, and Latvian virs (archaic, "man", modern usage = husband) and virietis (man)

Noun[edit]

wer m

  1. man
  2. husband
  3. (poetic) hero
Declension[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Middle English: wer

Etymology 2[edit]

From werian.

Noun[edit]

wer m (nominative plural weras)

  1. weir

Old High German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *weraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós. Cognate with Old English wer and Old Norse verr.

Noun[edit]

wer m

  1. man
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *warją

Noun[edit]

wer n

  1. dam, weir

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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *weraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós. Cognate with Old English wer and Old Norse verr.

Noun[edit]

wer m

  1. man
  2. hero

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Selaru[edit]

Noun[edit]

wer

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Blust's Austronesian Comparative Dictionary