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Old EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *karō(care, sorrow, cry), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeh₂r-(to shout, call) (compare Latin garriō(chatter) and Old Irish gairid(call)). Cognate with Old Saxon kara, Old High German chara(grief), Old Norse kǫr(sickbed), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐌰(kara). Related to ċeariġ.

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NounEdit

ċearu f ‎(nominative plural ċeare)

  1. suffering, sorrow, grief
    • The Wanderer, ll. 8–9:
      Oft iċ sċeolde āna ūhtna gehwylċe / mīne ċeare cwīþan
      Often I had alone to speak of my trouble each morning before dawn.
  2. anxiety
  3. care, caution
    • Beowulf, ll. 1303–04:
      Ċearu wæs ġenīwod / ġeworden in wīcum
      Care had been renewed in the dwellings.

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