Nearby words

  1. wiped-out,
  2. wipeout,
  3. wiper,
  4. wipo,
  5. wiradjuri,
  6. wire brush,
  7. wire cloth,
  8. wire cutter,
  9. wire entanglement,
  10. wire fraud

Idioms

Origin of wire

before 900; Middle English wir(e) (noun), Old English wīr; cognate with Low German wīr, Old Norse vīra- wire, Old High German wiara fine goldwork

Related forms
Can be confusedwhy're wire

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British Dictionary definitions for prewired

wire

/ (waɪə) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formswirelike, adjective

Word Origin for wire

Old English wīr; related to Old High German wiara, Old Norse vīra, Latin viriae bracelet

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Word Origin and History for prewired
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Idioms and Phrases with prewired

wire

see down to the wire; get one's wires crossed; live wire; pull strings (wires); under the wire.

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