were

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English wǣre.

Pronunciation[edit]

stressed

unstressed

Verb[edit]

were

  1. Second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
    John, you were the only person to see him.
  2. First-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
    We were about to leave.
  3. Second-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
    Mary and John, you were right.
  4. Third-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
    They were a fine group.
    They were to be the best of friends from that day on.
  5. Simple imperfect subjunctive in all persons of be.
    I wish that it were Sunday.
    I wish that I were with you.
    • with "if" omitted, put first in an "if" clause:
      Were it simply that she wore a hat, I would not be upset at all. (= If it were simply...)
      Were father a king, we would have war. (= If father were a king,...)
    • 2011 November 3, David Ornstein, “Macc Tel-Aviv 1 - 2 Stoke”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Maccabi would have been out of contention were it not for Stoke's profligacy, but their fortune eventually ran out as the visitors opened the scoring.
  6. (Northern England) was.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (second-person singular past indicative, archaic) wast (used with "thou")
  • (second-person singular imperfect subjunctive, archaic) wert (used with "thou")

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Etymology 2[edit]

Old English wer, from Proto-Germanic *weraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós ‎(man). Cognate to Latin vir ‎(man).

Noun[edit]

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were ‎(plural weres)

  1. (archaic) man (human male), as in werewolf ‎(man-wolf).
  2. (obsolete) A fine for slaying a man; weregild.
    • Bosworth
      Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was called his were.
  3. (fandom slang) The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.
Related terms[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Most common English words before 1923: she · they · my · #35: were · are · their · one

Anagrams[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

were

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of weren

Anagrams[edit]


Irarutu[edit]

were

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Central Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun[edit]

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Kurdish[edit]

Verb[edit]

were

  1. Second-person singular imperative of hatin.

Maku'a[edit]

Noun[edit]

were

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Aone van Engelenhoven, The position of Makuva among the Austronesian languages of Southwest Maluku and East Timor, in Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift, Pacific linguistics 601 (2009)

Onin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Central Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun[edit]

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Toro[edit]

Noun[edit]

were

  1. day

Reference[edit]


Uruangnirin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Central Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun[edit]

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)