wir

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Wir (pluralis majestatis)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wir, from Old High German wir, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wéy-, plural of *éǵh₂. Compare Low German wi, Dutch wij, English we, Danish vi, Icelandic vér, Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍃 (weis).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (standard) IPA(key): /viːɐ̯/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːɐ̯
  • (colloquially in unstressed position) IPA(key): /vɐ/, /mɐ/

Pronoun[edit]

wir

  1. we

Inflection[edit]

1Often capitalized, especially in letters

  • The genitive case unser is used more and more rarely in modern German.
  • While the genitive of a personal pronoun does express ownership, it must not be confused with a possessive pronoun. While possessive pronouns such as unser are put in front of the noun they relate to and follow the inflection rules of adjectives, the genitive form of a personal pronoun has only one form, which is not further inflected. Additionally, personal pronouns in the genitive can be put after the word they relate to.

Further reading[edit]

  • wir in Duden online

Middle High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German wir, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz.

Pronoun[edit]

wir

  1. we: nominative plural of ich

Descendants[edit]


Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wīraz. Cognate with Middle Low German wīre, and related to late Old Norse víravirki (filigree work), Old High German wiara.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wīr m (nominative plural wīras)

  1. wire

Descendants[edit]


Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *virъ.

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /vʲir/

Noun[edit]

wir m inan

  1. vortex
  2. whirlpool
  3. whirl
  4. swirl
  5. eddy

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Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

wir

  1. simple past tense of be
Usage notes[edit]

Use wir with plural pronouns otherwise use wis.

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Alternative forms[edit]

Determiner[edit]

wir

  1. our
    Synonym: oor
  2. my
    Synonym: ma

Welsh[edit]

Noun[edit]

wir

  1. Soft mutation of gwir.