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war

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[ wawr ]
/ wɔr /
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noun
verb (used without object), warred, war·ring.
adjective
of, belonging to, used in, or due to war: war preparations; war hysteria.
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Origin of war

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First recorded before 1150; Middle English noun wer(re), war(re), late Old English werre, wyrre, from Old North French wer(r)e, waire, from Old Frankish werra (unrecorded), from Germanic; cognate with Old High German werra, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch werre “strife, discord”; verb derivative of the noun; akin to war2, worse

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH war

war , wore

Other definitions for war (2 of 3)

war2
[ wahr ]
/ wɑr /

adjective, adverb Scot. and North England.
worse.

Origin of war

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English wer(re), war(re), from Old Norse verri worse

Other definitions for war (3 of 3)

war.

abbreviation
warrant.
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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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