were etymology

English word were comes from Proto-Germanic *wurgijaną (To strangle.), Proto-Indo-European *were-, Old English (ca. 450-1100) wirġan, Proto-Indo-European *weyh₁-, Proto-Indo-European *weh₁y-, Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos (Wolf.), Proto-Indo-European *wes-, Old English (ca. 450-1100) wulf, Old English (ca. 450-1100) wǣren, Proto-Germanic *werzō, Proto-Germanic *wargijaną (To curse. To fordeem; condemn.)

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Detailed word origin of were

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*wurgijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To strangle.
*were- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
wirġan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*weyh₁- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*weh₁y- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wĺ̥kʷos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Wolf.
*wes- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) fat, moisture, to dress, stab, to stick, prick, pierce, sting, moist, wet
wulf Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
wǣren Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*werzō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*wargijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To curse. To fordeem; condemn.
wyrġan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
wyrgan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) (clarification of this definition is being sought) to worry. To strangle, to throttle.
*warþō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*warjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To thwart, to stop. To ward off, to defend against.
*wiHrós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Husband. Man. Warrior, hero.
*weh₁iros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*lukʷos Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
*woséyeti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To clothe, to put clothes onto.
*wazōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To continue; last. To stay; abide.
*werrō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Conflict, strife. Confusion, disarray.
wiergan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
werian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To defend, protect.
*wīraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Wire.
Osco-Umbrian Ligurian (lij)
*wazjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To clothe, dress.
*werra Frankish (frk) Confusion, disorder. Riot, disturbance, quarrel.
wīr Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
lupa Latin (lat) (slang) prostitute. She-wolf.
werian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To wear.
*werra Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin) war.
warian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To beware.
werra Malayalam (mal)
guerre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) War (large-scale conflict).
werian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To defend, protect To wear.
*weraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Husband. Man.
wer Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) (poetic) hero. Husband. Man.
wirwen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
were English (eng) (Northern England) was.. .

Words with the same origin as were

Descendants of *wurgijaną
beware hardware hot hotline hottie underwear urge urgency urgent war warehouse warhead warship wartime wary wear weir weren worried worry worrying wring wrong
Descendants of *weyh₁-
age always anyway awesome cannot damage eight language marriage midnight night nor not obvious ought save stage tonight violence way weight world
Descendants of *weh₁y-
advise advisor iris microwave vice wave wire wired wireless wiring wit with
Descendants of *wĺ̥kʷos
lieutenant lobo loo lupin underworld werewolf wolf wolverine worldly worldwide
Descendants of *wes-
am are be been future ice interested interesting is mouth possible power present send sense since sun
Descendants of *werzō
guerrilla warrior