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[wair]
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noun
  1. Usually wares.
    1. articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods: a peddler selling his wares.
    2. any intangible items, as services or products of artistic or intellectual creativity, that are salable: an actor advertising his wares.
  2. a specified kind or class of merchandise or of manufactured article (usually used in combination): silverware; glassware.See also -ware.
  3. pottery, or a particular kind of pottery: delft ware.
  4. 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.
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Origin of ware1

before 1000; Middle English; Old English waru; cognate with German Ware

ware2

[wair]Archaic.
adjective
  1. watchful, wary, or cautious.
  2. aware; conscious.
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verb (used with object), wared, war·ing.
  1. to beware of (usually used in the imperative).
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Origin of ware2

before 900; Middle English (adj. and v.); Old English wær (adj.); cognate with German gewahr aware, Old Norse varr

ware3

[wair]
verb (used with object), wared, war·ing. Scot. and North England.
  1. to spend; expend.
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Origin of ware3

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse verja to spend, invest

ware4

[wair]
noun Scot. and North England.
  1. the first season in the year; spring.
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Origin of ware4

1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse vār spring; perhaps akin to Latin vēr (see vernal), Greek éar spring
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Examples from the Web for wares

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  • 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

    Joseph Conrad

  • But how to maintain himself and his family until the wares were made and ready for sale?

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • He was now able to sell his wares and thereby maintain his family in comfort.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • 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

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for wares

wares

pl n
  1. articles of manufacture considered as being for sale
  2. any talent or asset regarded as a commercial or saleable commodity
  3. (Caribbean) earthenware
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ware1

noun (often in combination)
  1. (functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or materialglassware; silverware
  2. porcelain or pottery of a specified typeagateware; jasper ware
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Word Origin

Old English waru; related to Old Frisian were, Old Norse vara, Middle Dutch Ware

ware2

verb
  1. another word for beware
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adjective
  1. another word for wary, wise 1
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Word Origin

Old English wær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic war, Latin vereor. See aware, beware

ware3

verb
  1. (tr) Northern English and British dialect to spend or squander
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Word Origin

C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja
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Word Origin and History for wares

ware

n.

"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.).

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ware

v.

"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).

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