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GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • Wir (pluralis majestatis)
  • -wa, wa (rare, colloquial)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German wir, from Old High German wir, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wéy-, plural of *éǵh₂. Compare Low German wi, Dutch wij, English we, Danish vi, Icelandic vér, Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍃 (weis).

PronunciationEdit

  • (standard) IPA(key): /viːɐ̯/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːɐ̯
  • (colloquially in unstressed position) IPA(key): /vɐ/, /mɐ/

PronounEdit

wir

  1. we

InflectionEdit

1Often capitalized, especially in letters

  • The genitive case unser is used more and more rarely in modern German.
  • While the genitive of a personal pronoun does express ownership, it must not be confused with a possessive pronoun. While possessive pronouns such as unser are put in front of the noun they relate to and follow the inflection rules of adjectives, the genitive form of a personal pronoun has only one form, which is not further inflected. Additionally, personal pronouns in the genitive can be put after the word they relate to.

Further readingEdit

  • wir in Duden online

Middle High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German wir, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz.

PronounEdit

wir

  1. we: nominative plural of ich

DescendantsEdit


Old EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *wīraz. Cognate with Middle Low German wīre, and related to late Old Norse víravirki (filigree work), Old High German wiara.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

wīr m (nominative plural wīras)

  1. wire

DescendantsEdit


PolishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *virъ.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

wir m inan

  1. vortex
  2. whirlpool
  3. whirl
  4. swirl
  5. eddy
  6. gyre
  7. whirlwind

DeclensionEdit

SynonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • wir in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • wir in Polish dictionaries at PWN

ScotsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

VerbEdit

wir

  1. simple past tense of be
Usage notesEdit

Use wir with plural pronouns otherwise use wis.

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

Alternative formsEdit

DeterminerEdit

wir

  1. our
    Synonym: oor
  2. my
    Synonym: ma

WelshEdit

NounEdit

wir

  1. Soft mutation of gwir.