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 be), wǣron (past plural indicative of wesan), wǣren (past plural subjunctive of wesan) — more at was past second singular, past plural or past subjunctive of be

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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 — (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 …   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

  • Were — Were, s. Gewere …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Were — Were, s.v.w. Gewere …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • WERE — Infobox Radio Station name = WERE city = Cleveland Heights, Ohio area = Greater Cleveland branding = News/Talk 1490 WERE AM slogan = The People s Station airdate = June 4, 2007 1948 (as WSRS) affiliations = Syndication One USA Radio Network… …   Wikipedia

  • were — /werr/; unstressed /weuhr/; Brit. also /wair/, v. a 2nd pers. sing. pt. indic., pl. pt. indic., and pt. subj. of be. [bef. 1000; ME; OE waere past subj., waere past ind. 2nd pers. sing. and waeron past ind. pl. of wesan to be; c. D, G waren, Dan… …   Universalium

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