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wær

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Old English

Etymology 1

From Germanic *waro. Cognate with Old High German giwar.

Pronunciation

Adjective

wær

  1. aware, cautious

Etymology 2

From Germanic *wēra- ‘true’, from Indo-European *wēr-. Germanic cognates include Old High German wār, wāra (German wahr), Old Saxon wār (Dutch waar), Old Norse várar (plural). The IE root is also the source of Latin vērus, Old Irish fír (Welsh cywir), Old Church Slavonic вѣра (Russian вера).

Pronunciation

Adjective

wǣr

  1. true (only attested once)

Noun

wǣr f. (plural wǣra or wǣre)

  1. truth, faith
  2. fidelity, friendship
  3. agreement, promise

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