Old EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *hwar

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /xwæːr/, [ʍæːr]

AdverbEdit

hwǣr

  1. where
    Hwǣr eart þū?
    Where are you?
    Hwǣr wunast þū?
    Where do you live?
    • c. 900, the Old English Boethius
      Hwǣr sind nū þæs Wēlandes bān, oþþe hwā wāt nū hwǣr hīe wǣron?
      Where are Wayland's bones now, and who knows where they were anymore?
  2. anywhere, somewhere

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DescendantsEdit

  • Middle English: wher, where, wheir, whare, were, qwere
    • English: where
    • Scots: whaur