ware

1
[ wair ]
/ wɛər /

noun

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.
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.

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Origin of ware

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English waru; cognate with German Ware

Definition for ware (2 of 5)

ware2
[ wair ]
/ wɛər /
Archaic.

adjective

watchful, wary, or cautious.

verb (used with object), wared, war·ing.

to beware of (usually used in the imperative).

Origin of ware

2
First recorded before 900; Middle English adjective; Old English adjective wær; cognate with German gewahr “aware,” Old Norse varr “aware”

Definition for ware (3 of 5)

ware3
[ wair ]
/ wɛər /

verb (used with object), wared, war·ing.Scot. and North England.

to spend; expend.

Origin of ware

3
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Old Norse verja “to spend, invest”

Definition for ware (4 of 5)

ware4
[ wair ]
/ wɛər /

noun Scot. and North England.

the first season in the year; spring.

Origin of ware

4
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Old Norse vār “spring”; perhaps akin to Latin vēr, Greek éar “spring”; see vernal

Definition for ware (5 of 5)

-ware

a combining form extracted from software, occurring as the final element in words that refer to a specified kind or class of software: spyware;shareware.See also ware1 (def. 2).
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British Dictionary definitions for ware (1 of 3)

ware1
/ (wɛə) /

noun (often in combination)

(functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or materialglassware; silverware
porcelain or pottery of a specified typeagateware; jasper ware
See also wares

Word Origin for ware

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

British Dictionary definitions for ware (2 of 3)

ware2
/ (wɛə) archaic /

verb

another word for beware

adjective

another word for wary, wise 1

Word Origin for ware

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

British Dictionary definitions for ware (3 of 3)

ware3
/ (wɛə) /

verb

(tr) Northern English and British dialect to spend or squander

Word Origin for ware

C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja
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Scientific definitions for ware

-ware

A suffix that means “software,” as in shareware.
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