[ wawr ]
/ wɔr /


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


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

Nearby words

  1. wapentake,
  2. wapiti,
  3. wappenshaw,
  4. wapperjaw,
  5. wapsipinicon,
  6. war and peace,
  7. war baby,
  8. war between the states,
  9. war bonnet,
  10. war bride

Origin of war

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

Can be confusedwar wore

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British Dictionary definitions for warred


/ (wɔː) /


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

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Word Origin and History for warred
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Idioms and Phrases with warred


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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