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) (archaic) man (human male), as in .. (fandom) The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.. (obsolete) A fine for slaying a man; weregild.

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