Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word war. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in war.
Definitions and meaning of war
From Middle Englishwerre, from Late Old Englishwerre, wyrre(“armed conflict”) from Old Northern Frenchwerre (compare Old Frenchguerre, whence modern Frenchguerre), from Medieval Latinwerra, from Frankish*werru(“confusion; quarrel”), from Proto-Indo-European*wers-(“to mix up, confuse, beat, thresh”).
Akin to Old High Germanwerra(“confusion, strife, quarrel”) (Germanverwirren(“to confuse”)), Old Saxonwerran(“to confuse, perplex”), Dutchwar(“confusion, disarray”), West Frisianwar(“defense, self-defense, struggle", also "confusion”),
Old Englishwyrsa, wiersa(“worse”), Old Norseverri(“worse”) (originally "confounded, mixed up"). There may be a connection with worse, wurst.
(Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /wɔː/
(General American) IPA(key): /wɔɹ/
Homophones: wore, wor(some dialects)
(obsolete) IPA(key): /wɑɹ/
war (countable and uncountable, pluralwars)
(uncountable) Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.
1917, Henry Ford, chapter 17, in My Life and Work:
Nobody can deny that war is a profitable business for those who like that kind of money. War is an orgy of money, just as it is an orgy of blood.
1944 June 27, Herbert Hoover, speech in Chicago, Illinois, to the 23rd Republican National Convention; quoted in Linda Carol Harms Case, Bold Beliefs in Camouflage: A–Z Briefings: A Valuable Resource Highlighting an Extraordinary Collection of Prayers, Military Quotations, Scripture Verses, Bible Stories, Hymns, and Testimonies, Relevant to Core Values and Keywords Used by Chaplains, Leaders, Veterans, and Other Members of the American Armed Forces, Victoria, B.C.; Neche, N.D.: FriesenPress, January 2013, ISBN 978-1-77097-632-0, page 203:
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. It is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.
2007, Carlos Ramirez-Faria, Concise Encyclopaedia of World History:
Germany declared war on France, who reciprocated, on August 3 , and England declared war on Germany on August 4, when Belgium was already under invasion.
(countable) A particular conflict of this kind.
1865, Herman Melville, "The Surrender at Appomattox":
All human tribes glad token see
In the close of the wars of Grant and Lee.
1999, Bill Clinton at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, November 8 1999:
A second challenge will be to implement, with our allies, a plan of stability in the Balkans, so that the region's bitter ethnic problems can no longer be exploited by dictators and Americans do not have to cross the Atlantic again to fight in another war.
(countable, by extension) Any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
(figuratively) A campaign against something.
The "war on drugs" is a campaign against the use of narcotic drugs.
The "war on terror" is a campaign against terrorist crime.
In the US, conservatives rail against the "war on Christmas".
(business, countable) A bout of fierce competition in trade.
I reaped the benefit of the car dealerships' price war, getting my car for far less than it's worth.
The cellular phone companies were engaged in a freebie war, each offering various services thrown in when one purchased a plan.
(obsolete, uncountable) Instruments of war.
(obsolete) Armed forces.
(uncountable) A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt.
war (third-person singular simple presentwars, present participlewarring, simple past and past participlewarred)
(intransitive) To engage in conflict (may be followed by "with" to specify the foe).
1595, Samuel Daniel, The First Four Books of the Civil Wars
To war the Scot, and borders to defend.
1882, George Bernard Shaw, Cashel Byron's Profession, ch. 14:
This vein of reflection, warring with his inner knowledge that he had been driven by fear and hatred . . ., produced an exhausting whirl in his thoughts.
To carry on, as a contest; to wage.
RAW, RWA, Rwa, WRA, raw
D. C. Kamholz, Austronesians in Papua (2014, Berkeley)
From Middle Dutchwerre, warre(“confusion, disarray, conflict”), from Old Dutch*werra, from Proto-West Germanic*werru(“confusion; quarrel”).
warf (pluralwarren, diminutivewarretjen)
2016, Josien Wolthuizen & Hanneloes Pen, "Man doodgestoken in fietsenwinkel Nieuw-West", in Het Parool, March 15 2016.
Volgens een bovenbuurvrouw kwamen hulpdiensten rond 12 uur 's middags naar de fietsenwinkel. "Ik had geen idee wat er aan de hand was. Maar de zoon van de eigenaar kwam eraan en was helemaal in de war. (...)"
2016, "Wist je dat papierklemmen je leven veel gemakkelijker kunnen maken?", in Het Laatste Nieuws, January 29 2016.
Van statief voor je smartphone tot instrument om oortjes uit de war te houden, tot zelfs een portefeuille. De mogelijkheden met papierklemmen zijn eindeloos, maar de Japanner Venlee geeft je alvast 15 lifehacks.
an elevated area on the floor of a body of water, a kind of contraption for luring and catching fish, where nets and fykes could be installed
1949, G. Karsten. ‘Eenvorme, Informe, Yefforme’, De Speelwagen 10, no. 4: 307.
Welnu, deze stoepen of warren bevonden zich aan de walkant en niet midden in het water.
1667, Handtvesten, privilegien, willekeuren ende ordonnantien der Stadt Enchuysen, p. 345.
De Schutters van de respective Steden, werden geauctoriseert, alle de Fuycken, buyten de benoemde Warren in de Wateringh staende, te mogen visiteren, of de selve keur mogen houden ofte niet, (...)
in de war brengen
Dutch Low Saxon
(Low Prussian) wahr
From Low Germanwahr, from Middle Low Germanwâr, from Old Saxonwār. Cognate to Germanwahr.
(in some dialects) true
From Old Norsehvar, from Proto-Germanic*hwar. Cognate with Swedishvar.
where, in what place
first-person singular preterite of sein
1788, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Egmont
Ich hätte ihn heiraten können, und glaube, ich war nie in ihn verliebt.
I could have married him; yet I believe I was never really in love with him.
third-person singular preterite of sein
1788, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Egmont
Gott tröst' ihn! Das war ein Herr!
God bless him! He was a king indeed!
first-person singular preterite indicative of sinn
third-person singular preterite indicative of sinn
A Sketch of Mpur, in Languages of the Eastern Bird's Head (2002)
camp, camping ground
Old High German
From Proto-West Germanic*wār, from Proto-Germanic*wēraz, whence also Old Englishwǣr, Old Norseværr.
Middle High German: wār
Yiddish: וואָר (vor)
From Proto-West Germanic*wār, from Proto-Germanic*wēraz, from Proto-Indo-European*weh₁ros.
(obsolete) boiling water or other liquid
(obsolete) extreme heat
var, volt-ampere reactive (unit of electrical power)
war in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
war in Polish dictionaries at PWN
From Middle Englishwere, weren, from Old Englishwǣre, wǣron, wǣren, from Proto-Germanic*wēz-, from Proto-Indo-European*h₂wes-.
first/second/third-person plural simple past indicative of be; were
From Middle Englishwerre, from Old Northern French, ultimately a Frankish loan.
“was” in the Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries.
From Proto-Tocharian*wär, from Proto-Indo-European*wódr̥(“water”) through a regular (endocentric) thematicization *udrom. Compare Tocharian Awär.