Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search



From Middle English weren, from Old English wǣron(plural past indicative of bēon), wǣren(plural past subjunctive of bēon), equivalent to were +‎ -en.



  1. (obsolete) plural simple past form of be
    • Richard the Redeless
      And rafte was youre riott and rest, for youre daiez weren wikkid
    • c. 1450, Prose Merlin
      Whan these thre kynges weren abedde and at her ese that nyght, the storye seith that they lay till on the morn that thei ronge to messe right erly, for it was a litill afore Halowmesse.
    • 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender
      But sike fancies weren foolerie,
      And broughten this Oake to this miserye.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book II, Canto VII:
      Therein an hundred raunges weren pight,
      And hundred fornaces all burning bright;
    • 1889, John Gower (edited by Henry Morley), Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins: Being the Confessio Amantis:
      For of the falsé Moabites
      Forth with the strength of Amonites
      Of that they weren first misget,



Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch weren, from Old Dutch *werien, from Proto-Germanic *warjaną.



  1. (transitive) to hold back, to keep out
Inflection of weren (weak)
infinitive weren
past singular weerde
past participle geweerd
infinitive weren
gerund weren n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular weer weerde
2nd person sing. (jij) weert weerde
2nd person sing. (u) weert weerde
2nd person sing. (gij) weert weerde
3rd person singular weert weerde
plural weren weerden
subjunctive sing.1 were weerde
subjunctive plur.1 weren weerden
imperative sing. weer
imperative plur.1 weert
participles werend geweerd
1) Archaic.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Non-lemma forms.



  1. Plural form of weer