war

1
[ wawr ]
/ wɔr /

noun

verb (used without object), warred, war·ring.

adjective

of, belonging to, used in, or due to war: war preparations; war hysteria.

Origin of war

1
before 1150; (noun) Middle English, late Old English werre < Old North French < Germanic; cognate with Old High German werra strife; (v.) Middle English, late Old English werrien (transitive) to make war upon, derivative of the noun; compare Old French guerrer, Old North French werreier; akin to war2

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH war

war wore

Definition for war (2 of 3)

war2
[ wahr ]
/ wɑr /

adjective, adverb Scot. and North England.

Origin of war

2
1150–1200; Middle English werre < Old Norse verri worse

Definition for war (3 of 3)

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Examples from the Web for war

British Dictionary definitions for war (1 of 2)

war
/ (wɔː) /

noun

verb wars, warring or warred

(intr) to conduct a war

Word Origin for war

C12: from Old Northern French werre (variant of Old French guerre), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German werra

British Dictionary definitions for war (2 of 2)

War.

abbreviation for

Warwickshire
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Idioms and Phrases with war

war

In addition to the idioms beginning with war

  • ward off
  • war horse
  • war of nerves

also see:

  • all's fair in love and war
  • at war
  • been to the wars
  • declare war
  • tug of war
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