See also: währ

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German wār, wǣre, from Old High German wār, wāri, from Proto-Germanic *wēraz, *wērijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁ros (true).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /vaːr/, [vaː(ɐ̯)], [vaːʁ], [ʋ-]
  • (file)
  • Homophone: war

AdjectiveEdit

wahr (comparative wahrer, superlative am wahrsten)

  1. true, real
    Synonym: echt
    Antonym: falsch
    Das ist wahre Liebe.This is true love.
  2. true, truthful
    Synonyms: ehrlich, wahrheitsgemäß
    Antonyms: falsch, unwahr
    Das ist ein wahres Wort.This is a truthful statement

Usage notesEdit

  • The German word is not commonly used to mean “correct”. Thus “a true answer” is eine richtige Antwort. The phrase eine wahre Antwort would be usually be understood in the sense of “a truthful answer” (for which more often eine ehrliche Antwort).

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • wahr” in Duden online

German Low GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German wâr, from Old Saxon wār, wāri, from Proto-Germanic *wēraz, *wērijaz. Cognate with German wahr, Dutch waar.

AdjectiveEdit

wahr (comparative wahrer or wahrder, superlative wahrst)

  1. true

DeclensionEdit