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English

Etymology

From Old English wæs, from Proto-Germanic *wêsôn, (cognate with German war) < Proto-Indo-European *wes- (to reside). The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of three originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form "to be" is from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeu- (to become). The words "is" and "are" are both derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₁es- (to be). Lastly, the past forms starting with "w-" such as "was" and "were" are from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (to reside).

Pronunciation

stressed

unstressed

Verb

was

  1. First-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
  2. Third-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.

Anagrams

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Dutch

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Etymology 1

Cognate with English wash.

Noun

was (plural wassen, diminutive wasje) m.

  1. laundry, clothes that need to be washed, or just have been washed.

Verb

was

  1. Present tense singular 1st person of wassen (meaning to wash).

Derived terms

Etymology 2

Cognate with English wax.

Noun

was m.

  1. wax, what bees produce to make their housing from.
  2. growth, increasing in size and/or volume.

Verb

was

  1. Present tense singular 1st person of wassen (another meaning is to grow).

Derived terms

Etymology 3

Cognate with English was.

Verb

was

  1. Past tense singular of zijn/wezen.

German

Etymology

From Old High German (h)waz, originally *(h)wat, compare Dutch wat.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

was

  1. (interrogative) what
  2. (relative) which

Derived terms


Polish

Pronoun

was

  1. Genitive, accusative and locative of wy (you, plural).

Scots

Noun

was (plural)

  1. Plural form of wa.

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