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The leetspeak form of wares, as a contraction of software.



warez (usually uncountable, plural warez)

  1. (Internet slang, leetspeak, dated) Software that is illegally obtained or distributed.
    • 1997 April 1, David McCandless, “Warez Wars”, in Wired[1], ISSN 1059-1028:
      By the end of the day Mad Hatter, a ringleader of the software piracy group called the Inner Circle, will have poured 300 Mbytes of illegal “warez” onto the Internet.
    • 1999 April, T. Liam McDonald, “WaReZ the Logic?”, in Maximum PC, ISSN 1522-4279, page 41:
      Too many gamers see nothing wrong with downloading “warez” (usually pronounced “wares,” but also “wah-rez”), retail software products that have been “ripped” to make them smaller and remove copy protection.
    • 2012, Eric Diehl, Securing Digital Video [] , Springer Science & Business Media, →ISBN, page 16:
      Warez appeared in the 1980s with the advent of Bulletin Board Systems.



warez (third-person singular simple present warezes, present participle warezing, simple past and past participle warezed)

  1. (Internet slang, leetspeak, dated) To obtain a copy of (software or other works of authorship) illegally.
    • 2002 June 7, John Lettice, “MS turns up heat on warezed WinXP copies”, in The Register[2]:
      Many of these keys are, obviously, being used by people who've warezed XP, but there's also a reasonably large number of software professionals and refuseniks who have used them even though they have a legitimately bought version of XP.
    • 2004 November 12, Timothy Lord, “Warezed SoundForge Files In Windows Media Player”, in Slashdot[3]:
      Warezed SoundForge Files In Windows Media Player [title]