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Is were a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word were is a Scrabble US word. The word were is worth 7 points in Scrabble:

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Is were a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word were is a Scrabble UK word and has 7 points:

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You can make 15 words from 'were' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.


4 letters words from 'were'

EWER 7WEER 7
WERE 7 

3 letters words from 'were'

EEW 6ERE 3
EWE 6REE 3
REW 6WEE 6

2 letters words from 'were'

EE 2ER 2
EW 5RE 2
WE 5 

All 4 letters words made out of were

were ewre wree rwee erwe rewe weer ewer weer ewer eewr eewr wree rwee were ewre rewe erwe erew reew eerw eerw reew erew

Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word were. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in were.

Definitions and meaning of were

were

Etymology 1

From Middle English were, weren, from Old English wǣre, wǣron, wǣren, from Proto-Germanic *wēz-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wes-. More at was.

Pronunciation

stressed

  • (UK) enPR: wûr, IPA(key): /wɜː(ɹ)/
  • (UK, regional) enPR: wâr, IPA(key): /wɛə(ɹ)/
  • (US) enPR: wûr, IPA(key): /wɝ/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)
  • Homophone: whirr (in accents with the wine-whine merger)

unstressed

  • (UK) enPR: wər, IPA(key): /wə(ɹ)/
  • (US) enPR: wər, IPA(key): /wɚ/

Verb

were

  1. second-person singular simple past indicative of be
  2. first/second/third-person plural simple past indicative of be
  3. first/second/third-person singular/plural simple present/past subjunctive of be
    I wish that it were Sunday.
    I wish that I were with you.
    • with “if” omitted, put first in an “if” clause:
      Were it simply that she wore a hat, I would not be upset at all. (= If it were simply...)
      Were father a king, we would have war. (= If father were a king,...)
  4. (Northern England) first/third-person singular simple past indicative of be.
Synonyms
  • (second-person singular past indicative, archaic) wast (used with “thou”)
  • (second-person singular imperfect subjunctive, archaic) wert (used with “thou”)

See also

Etymology 2

From Middle English were, wer, see wer.

Noun

were (plural weres)

  1. Alternative form of wer (man; wergeld)
    • 1799-1805, Sharon Trurner, History of the Anglo-Saxons
      Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was called his were.
    • 1867, John Lingard, T. Young, Introduction to English History [...] arranged [...] by T. Young, page 19:
      If by that he failed to pay or give security for the were, or fine, at which murder was legally rated; he might be put to death by the relatives of the murdered man.
    • 1908, Frederic Jesup Stimson, The Law of the Federal and State Constitutions of the United States, page 13:
      Written statutes busied themselves only with the amount of the were, or fine, or (for the first century after the Conquest) with the method of procedure.

Etymology 3

Back-formation from werewolf and other terms in were-, from the same source as English wer, were (man) (above).

Noun

were (plural weres)

  1. (fandom slang) The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.

Anagrams

  • Ewer, ewer, ewre, rewe, weer

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -eːrə

Verb

were

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of weren

Anagrams

  • weer

Fijian

Noun

were

  1. garden

Verb

were (wereca)

  1. to garden, to weed (wereca specifically)

Irarutu

Etymology

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Further reading

  • Cornelis L. Voorhoeve, Languages of Irian Jaya Checklist (1975, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics)

Maku'a

Noun

were

  1. water

References

  • Aone van Engelenhoven, The position of Makuva among the Austronesian languages of Southwest Maluku and East Timor, in Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift, Pacific linguistics 601 (2009)

Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old English wǣre (second-person singular indicative and subjunctive past of wesan).

Alternative forms

  • weer, weere, wer, wære

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈwɛːr(ə)/, /ˈwɛr(ə)/

Verb

were

  1. inflection of been:
    1. second-person singular indicative past
    2. singular subjunctive past
Descendants
  • English: were (dialectal war, ware)
  • Scots: war, waar, ware, waur, wur, wir

Etymology 2

From a conflation of Old English wǣron and Old English wǣren.

Verb

were

  1. Alternative form of weren

Etymology 3

From Old English werre, wyrre.

Noun

were

  1. Alternative form of werre

Mwani

Noun

were 5 (plural mawere)

  1. breast

Northern Kurdish

Verb

were

  1. second-person singular imperative of hatin

Onin

Etymology

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Tocharian B

Noun

were ?

  1. smell, odor, scent, aroma

Toro

Noun

were

  1. day

References

  • Roger Blench, The Toro language of Central Nigeria and its affinities (2012)

Uruangnirin

Etymology

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

were

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Source: wiktionary.org
  • WENTLETRAP, (Dutch) any of a genus of gasteropod molluscs, having a spiral shell with many deep whorls.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)