English edit

Etymology 1 edit

See warn.

Verb edit

wern (third-person singular simple present werns, present participle werning, simple past and past participle werned)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To refuse.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “wern”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English weren, equivalent to were +‎ -en.

Verb edit


  1. (obsolete) plural simple past of be
    • c. 1450, The Dicts and Sayings of the Philosophers:
      And thanne he seide to other folkes that thei shulde seye somme goode thinges for to recomforte the lordes and the people, which werne in grete trouble as for the deth of the moste noble kinge that ever was.
    • 1469, Margaret Paston, The Paston Letters:
      And she rehearsed what she had said, and said if tho words made it not sure she said boldly that she would make it surer ere than she went thence; for she said she thought in her conscience she was bound, whatsoever the words wern.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, “Book IV, Canto 2
      THE SECOND DYAMOND, THE YOUNGEST TRIAMOND.”, in The Faerie Queene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
      Her name was Agape whose children werne
    • 1910, “Glasgerion”, in Arthur Quiller-Couch, editor, The Oxford Book of English Verse:
      Through the falseness of that lither lad
      These three lives wern all gone.

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  1. Alternative form of weren