Definitions and meaning of wear
From Middle English weren, werien, from Old English werian (“to clothe, cover over; put on, wear, use; stock (land)”), from Proto-West Germanic *waʀjan, from Proto-Germanic *wazjaną (“to clothe”), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (“to dress, put on (clothes)”).
Cognate to Sanskrit वस्ते (váste), Ancient Greek ἕννυμι (hénnumi, “put on”), Latin vestis (“garment”) (English vest), Albanian vesh (“dress up, wear”), Tocharian B wäs-, Old Armenian զգենում (zgenum), Welsh gwisgo, Hittite 𒉿𒀸- (waš-).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /wɛə(ɹ)/
- (General American) enPR: wâr, IPA(key): /wɛ(ə)ɹ/, [wɛɚ], [wɛɹ]
- Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)
- Homophones: ware, we're, where (in accents with the wine-whine merger), were (some dialects)
wear (third-person singular simple present wears, present participle wearing, simple past wore, past participle worn or (now colloquial and nonstandard) wore)
- To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.
- It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
- To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.
- To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.
- (colloquial, with "it") To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.
- To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.
- (intransitive, copulative) To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.
- 1880, Benjamin Disraeli, Endymion
- The family that had raised it wore out in the earlier part of this century
- To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.
- His neverending criticism has finally worn my patience. Toil and care soon wear the spirit. Our physical advantage allowed us to wear the other team out and win.
- (intransitive) To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.
- (intransitive, colloquial) (in the phrase "wearing on (someone)") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.
- (intransitive, of time) To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.
- (nautical) To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind. Also written "ware". Past: weared, or wore/worn.
- Synonym: gybe
- (uncountable) (in combination) clothing
- footwear; outdoor wear; maternity wear
- (uncountable) damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time
- 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X
- Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing.
- (uncountable) fashion
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:wear.
From Middle English weren, werien, from Old English werian (“to guard, keep, defend; ward off, hinder, prevent, forbid; restrain; occupy, inhabit; dam up; discharge obligations on (land)”), from Proto-West Germanic *warjan, from Proto-Germanic *warjaną (“to defend, protect, ward off”), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to close, cover, protect, save, defend”).
Cognate with Scots wer, weir (“to defend, protect”), Dutch weren (“to aver, ward off”), German wehren (“to fight”), Swedish värja (“to defend, ward off”), Icelandic verja (“to defend”).
wear (third-person singular simple present wears, present participle wearing, simple past weared or wore, past participle weared or worn)
- (now chiefly Britain dialectal, transitive) To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.
- (now chiefly Britain dialectal, transitive) To defend; protect.
- (now chiefly Britain dialectal, transitive) To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.
- to wear the wolf from the sheep
- (now chiefly Britain dialectal, transitive) To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.
wear (plural wears)
- Dated form of weir.
- -ware, Awre, Ware, arew, ware
- WEAPONRY, weapons collectively.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)