- 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 warring
For peace to have a chance, the calculations of the warring parties must change as well.
The warring courts that left two men in legal limbo and ultimately resolved nothing?
Today, he is sick of Syria talk, and asserts that all warring sides are guilty of perpetuating the violence.
The “warring nations,” which continued to be at odds, and might always be, did not forge modern Canada that way.What Canada's History Teaches Us About the Feasibility of the One-State Paradigm|Bernard Avishai|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If this trio smiles twice, it will be once more than the dour, warring panel from last season did.Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Will Save ‘American Idol’|Kevin Fallon|September 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So after I had been warring with the world, there was now a wicked spirit risen amongst Friends to war against.George Fox|George Fox
Forests that only exhibited the slow decay of time or the devastation produced by warring elements.Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark|Mary Wollstonecraft
After a second trip to the warring lands I am convinced that I was wrong in my first impression.The War After the War|Isaac Frederick Marcosson
He was not great enough alone to reconcile the narrowing factors of trade with that warring law within him.
It was then that David of Mynyw, as he journeyed through Brycheiniog, declared his will to judge between the warring princes.Star of Mercia|Blanche Devereux
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