Were
Were Were (w[=e]r), n. [AS. wer; akin to OS. & OHG. wer, Goth. wa['i]r, L. vir, Skr. v[=i]ra. Cf. {Weregild}, and {Werewolf}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's life; weregild. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was called his were. --Bosworth. [1913 Webster]


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  • Were — and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as were and wife in Germanic speaking cultures (Old English were , German Wehr , Gothic waír , Old Frisian wer , Old Saxon wer , Old High German wer ,… …   Wikipedia

  • Were — (w[ e]r; 277). [AS. w[=ae]re (thou) wast, w[=ae]ron (we, you, they) were, w[=ae]re imp. subj. See {Was}.] The imperfect indicative plural, and imperfect subjunctive singular and plural, of the verb be. See {Be}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Were — Were, v. t. & i. To wear. See 3d {Wear}. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Were — Were, n. A weir. See {Weir}. [Obs.] Chaucer. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Were — Were, v. t. [AS. werian.] To guard; to protect. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • were — 1. verb /wɜː(ɹ),wɝ,wə(ɹ),wɚ/ a) Second person singular simple past tense indicative of be. John, you were the only person to see him. b) First person plural simple past tense indicative of be. We were about to leave. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • were — Etymology: Middle English were (suppletive singular past subjunctive & 2d singular past indicative of been to be), weren (suppletive past plural of been), from Old English wǣre (singular past subjunctive & 2d singular past indicative of wesan to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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