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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English weren, from Old English wǣron, plural past indicative of bēon, wǣren, plural past subjunctive of bēon, equivalent to were +‎ -en.

VerbEdit

weren

  1. (obsolete) plural simple past of be
    • 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender
      But sike fancies weren foolerie,
      And broughten this Oake to this miserye.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book II, Canto VII:
      Therein an hundred raunges weren pight,
      And hundred fornaces all burning bright;
    • 1889, John Gower (edited by Henry Morley), Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins: Being the Confessio Amantis:
      For of the falsé Moabites
      Forth with the strength of Amonites
      Of that they weren first misget,

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋeːrə(n)/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eːrən

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch wēren, from Old Dutch *werien, from Proto-Germanic *warjaną.

VerbEdit

weren

  1. (transitive) to hold back, to keep out
InflectionEdit
Inflection of weren (weak)
infinitive weren
past singular weerde
past participle geweerd
infinitive weren
gerund weren n
present tense past tense
1st person singular weer weerde
2nd person sing. (jij) weert weerde
2nd person sing. (u) weert weerde
2nd person sing. (gij) weert weerde
3rd person singular weert weerde
plural weren weerden
subjunctive sing.1 were weerde
subjunctive plur.1 weren weerden
imperative sing. weer
imperative plur.1 weert
participles werend geweerd
1) Archaic.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

NounEdit

weren

  1. Plural form of weer

Middle DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Dutch *werien, from Proto-Germanic *warjaną.

VerbEdit

wēren

  1. to hold back, to keep out, to resist
  2. to prevent
  3. to protect
  4. to fight against, to oppose
  5. to object (in court)
  6. to refuse, to deny
InflectionEdit

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

DescendantsEdit
  • Dutch: weren
  • Limburgish: waere

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch *werien, from Proto-Germanic *wazjaną.

VerbEdit

wēren

  1. to continue, to persist
InflectionEdit

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

Further readingEdit

  • weren (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • weren (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929
  • weren (III)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From a conflation of Old English wǣron, the plural indicative past of wesan (from Proto-Germanic *wēzun, the third-person plural indicative past of *wesaną) and Old English wǣren, the plural subjunctive past of wesan (from Proto-Germanic *wēzīn, the third-person plural subjunctive past of *wesaną).

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈwɛːr(ə)n/, /ˈwɛr(ə)n/

VerbEdit

weren

  1. Plural past indicative form of been
    • c. 1450, Richard the Redeless
      And rafte was youre riott and rest, for youre daiez weren wikkid []
    • c. 1450, Prose Merlin
      Whan these thre kynges weren abedde and at her ese that nyght, the storye seith that they lay till on the morn that thei ronge to messe right erly, for it was a litill afore Halowmesse.
  2. Plural subjunctive past form of been
DescendantsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old French guerrier, guerrer.

VerbEdit

weren

  1. Alternative form of werren