From Middle English ware, from Old English waru, from Proto-Germanic *warō, with meaning gradually shifting from guard, protection to an object that is in possession, hence meriting attention, guarded, cared for, and protected.
- Used to form nouns denoting, collectively, items made from a particular substance.
- Used to form nouns denoting, collectively, items of a particular kind or for a particular use.
- Do not confuse -ware with -wear, which is used for types of clothing.
- Used to form mass nouns denoting specific classes of computer software, based on use, function, or method of distribution.
- (e.g. groupware in computer-mediated communication)
-ware m pl
- (used in the plural) suffix denoting inhabitants or residents of a place
- (masc. i-stem)
- (masc. a-stem)
- (masc. n-stem)
- (fem. a-stem)
- English: -er