- 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
Examples from the Web for warred
The feisty feminist in me has often warred with the longtime gamer in me.The Cake Is a Lie: Sexism Isn’t a Boss Gamer Girls Can Beat|Emily V Gordon|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chinese, Japanese and Malays have traded and warred and treated on the debatable land of Formosa.Influences of Geographic Environment|Ellen Churchill Semple
So he reigned, so he warred, so he overcame, so he triumphed.Against War|Erasmus
It was mottled with spots of cold gases which warred with the whispering spheres.The Whispering Spheres|Russell Robert Winterbotham
Then they warred and killed, until but a handful lay in cover to lick their wounds and wait.Star Born|Andre Norton
They warred with these arms against the conscience which they were bound to protect.
verb wars, warring or warred
Word Origin for war
"to make war on," mid-12c.; see war (n.). Related: Warred; warring.
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).
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