- Usually wares.
- articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods: a peddler selling his wares.
- any intangible items, as services or products of artistic or intellectual creativity, that are salable: an actor advertising his wares.
- a specified kind or class of merchandise or of manufactured article (usually used in combination): silverware; glassware.See also -ware.
- pottery, or a particular kind of pottery: delft ware.
- Archaeology. a group of ceramic types classified according to paste and texture, surface modification, as burnish or glaze, and decorative motifs rather than shape and color.
Origin of ware1
- watchful, wary, or cautious.
- aware; conscious.
- to beware of (usually used in the imperative).
Origin of ware2
- to spend; expend.
Origin of ware3
- the first season in the year; spring.
Origin of ware4
Examples from the Web for wares
Take, for instance, Yiddish Mamma, a young Parisian brand that peddles its wares with love and humour.Paris's Nouveau Yiddish Culture
Laurent David Samama
September 3, 2014
The practice of prefacing a story with a brief written summary developed to help street hawkers sell their wares more effectively.How the News Business Found Its Footing
June 22, 2014
Nearly every presenter tonight makes a joke about having sampled the wares; not a single one elicits more than a few chuckles.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
It also helps those who peddle it, because it makes them notorious and helps them sell their wares.Why the Rush to Sell Gold Coins is Drowning Out Real Critiques of Obama
April 1, 2013
Many celebrities opted to donate their wares to charity, and the extravagance—and value—of the bags have gone down over the years.Oscar’s Bizarre Swag Bag: Condoms, Circus Training, and More
February 21, 2013
Do you mean to say you would hand it over to a ‘teck’ if one came to ask you for your wares?The Secret Agent
But how to maintain himself and his family until the wares were made and ready for sale?
He was now able to sell his wares and thereby maintain his family in comfort.
She sold her wares to good advantage, and she knew she had done so.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I speak darkly, but I will also try to exhibit my wares in the light of day.Laws
- articles of manufacture considered as being for sale
- any talent or asset regarded as a commercial or saleable commodity
- (Caribbean) earthenware
- (functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or materialglassware; silverware
- porcelain or pottery of a specified typeagateware; jasper ware
- another word for beware
- (tr) Northern English and British dialect to spend or squander
Word Origin and History for wares
"manufactured goods, goods for sale," Old English waru, probably originally "object of care, that which is kept in custody," from Proto-Germanic *waro (cf. Swedish vara, Danish vare, Old Frisian were, Middle Dutch were, Dutch waar, Middle High German, German ware "goods"); related to Old English wær "aware, cautious" (see wary). Usually wares, except in compounds such as hardware, earthenware, etc. Lady ware was a jocular 17c. euphemism for "a woman's private parts," and Middle English had ape-ware "deceptive or false ware; tricks" (mid-13c.).
"to take heed of, beware," Old English warian "to guard against," from Proto-Germanic *warojan, from *waro- "to guard, watch" (cf. Old Frisian waria, Old Norse vara); related to Old English wær "aware" (see wary).