- a game for two or more persons, played with a 52-card pack evenly divided between the players, in which each player turns up one card at a time with the higher card taking the lower, and in which, when both turned up cards match, each player lays one card face down and turns up another, the player with the higher card of the second turn taking all the cards laid down.
- an occasion in this game when both turned up cards match.
verb (used without object), warred, war·ring.
- war and peace,
- war baby,
- war between the states,
- war bonnet,
- war bride
Origin of war1
adjective, adverb Scot. and North England.
Origin of war2
Examples from the Web for war
Kennedy: "Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind."Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is not a decisive war, with a single, signature victory, but a war of attrition.
In this war, the targeting is often happening on computer monitors thousands of miles away, capturing images from drones.
But this war jumps from city to city, depending the threat of the day.
Pentagon leaders agree to a person that the U.S. war against ISIS is succeeding.
In time of war the Athenians send to their foes safe conducts to induce them to assist at the celebration.Pagan Origin of Partialist Doctrines|John Claudius Pitrat
With the war effectually over we enter a new economic era, and its immediate effect on prices is difficult to anticipate.Herbert Hoover|Vernon Kellogg
I heard about the 40 acres of land and a mule the ex-slaves would get after the war, but I didn't pay any attention to it.
Had a war over here not long ago, I understand—somethin' like ten or fifteen years ago.Graustark|George Barr McCutcheon
When we went into the war we had never built a windlass for a kite balloon.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
verb wars, warring or warred
Word Origin for war
late Old English (c.1050), wyrre, werre, from Old North French werre "war" (Modern French guerre), from Frankish *werra, from Proto-Germanic *werso (cf. Old Saxon werran, Old High German werran, German verwirren "to confuse, perplex"). Cognates suggest the original sense was "to bring into confusion."
Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian guerra are from the same source; Romanic peoples turned to Germanic for a word to avoid Latin bellum because its form tended to merge with bello- "beautiful." There was no common Germanic word for "war" at the dawn of historical times. Old English had many poetic words for "war" (wig, guð, heaðo, hild, all common in personal names), but the usual one to translate Latin bellum was gewin "struggle, strife" (related to win).
First record of war time is late 14c. Warpath (1775) is originally in reference to North American Indians, as are war-whoop (1761), war-paint (1826), and war-dance (1757). War crime first attested 1906. War chest is attested from 1901; now usually figurative. War games translates German Kriegspiel (see kriegspiel).
"to make war on," mid-12c.; see war (n.). Related: Warred; warring.
In addition to the idioms beginning with war
- ward off
- war horse
- war of nerves
- all's fair in love and war
- at war
- been to the wars
- declare war
- tug of war