From Germanic *kar-, perhaps from the same Indo-European root as Latin garrire ‘chatter’. Cognate with Old Saxon kara, Old High German chara ‘grief’, Old Norse kǫr ‘sickbed’, Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐌰. Related to ċeariġ.
cearu f (nominative plural ceare)
- suffering, sorrow, grief
- Ic sceolde ana mine ceare cwiðan: I must speak my suffering alone.
- care, caution
- Cearu wæs geniwod geworden in wicum: care had been renewed in the dwellings. (Beowulf)
Declension of cearu (strong ō-stem)
- English: care