Meaning of WARE in English


I. ˈwa(a)](ə)r, ˈwe], ]ə\ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wār; akin to Frisian wier seaweed, Old English wīr wire — more at wire

dialect Britain : seaweed

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English war, ware, from Old English wær — more at wary

1. : aware , cognizant , conscious

was ware of black looks cast at me — Mary Webb

2. archaic : wary , vigilant , heedful

III. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English waren, from Old English warian; akin to Old High German bi warōn to keep, protect, Old Norse vara to be aware; all from a West Germanic-North Germanic verb derived from the adjective represented by Old English wær aware, cautious — more at wary

: to take heed of : beware of : avoid , shun — used chiefly as a command to hunting animals

ware chase

ware rabbit

ware wheat

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English waru; akin to Middle High German ware ware, Old Norse vara and probably to Old English wær aware, cautious, prudent — more at wary


a. : manufactured articles, products of art or craft, or farm produce offered for sale : articles of merchandise : goods , commodities

the peddler unpacked his ware

b. : an item offered for sale : an article of merchandise

a favorite ware is a Bible — Henry Lee

buses, trucks, diesel engines and other heavy wares — Mitchell Gordon

fruit-vendors who exposed their wares of brightest hues on the pavement — Norman Douglas

2. : goods, commodities, manufacturers, or produce of a specific class or kind

coopers' ware

household ware

mahogany ware

— usually used in combination

hard ware

silver ware

tin ware

glass ware

table ware


a. Britain : potatoes of marketable size and suitable for table use

b. : fabrics, cloth

c. obsolete : livestock

d. : pottery, dishes, or other items of fired clay

ware which comes from the kiln cracked — Daniel Rhodes

a yellow ware with mottle glaze — American Guide Series: Maryland

3. : an intangible item (as a service or a literary product) that is a marketable commodity

an information officer … is under constant pressure to provide more wares — Herbert Agar

the wares of legitimate show business — American Guide Series: New York City

nothing so quenches the enthusiasm of the teacher as a too-utilitarian view of his wares — Lyle Owen

4. : a group of pottery types classified by archaeologists according to characteristics of temper and hardness, type of paste, or similar surface treatment rather than by shape or decoration

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse vār — more at vernal

Scotland : the spring season

VI. transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English waren, from Old Norse verja to clothe, invest, spend — more at wear


1. : spend , expend

2. : squander , waste

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