Meaning of WEAR in English

I. ˈwa(a)](ə)r, ˈwe], ]ə verb

( wore ˈwō(ə)r, ˈwȯ(ə)r, -ōə, -ȯ(ə) ; worn ˈwō(ə)rn, ˈwȯ(ə)rn, -ōən, -ȯ(ə)n ; or nonstandard wore ; wearing ; wears )

Etymology: Middle English weren, from Old English werian to clothe, put on, wear; akin to Old High German werien to clothe, Old Norse verja to clothe, invest, spend, Gothic wasjan to clothe, Latin vestis clothing, garment, Greek hennynai to clothe, esthēs clothing, Sanskrit vaste he puts on, wears

transitive verb

1. : to bear or have upon the person

wore a coat

wear a riding habit

: to have attached to the body or part of it or to the clothing

wore a ring on her left hand

wear a necklace

wore a badge on his lapel

wore a red ribbon in her hair


a. : to use habitually for clothing or adornment

wears a toupee

wears size eleven shoes

still wearing black for her husband

b. : to carry on or as if on the person

wear a sword

wear a cane

wears the stamp of suffering on his face

these sixty years he wears lightly — I.A.Gordon


a. : to hold the rank or dignity or position signified by (an ornament)

wear the royal crown

wear the palm

born to wear the purple

b. : to have or show an appearance of

wore a happy smile

his face wore its usual solemn expression

if malice and vanity wear the coat of philanthropy — R.W.Emerson

c. : to show or fly (a flag or colors) on a ship


a. : to cause to deteriorate by use

gave away suits she had scarcely worn

b. : to impair or diminish by use or attrition : consume or waste gradually

age had worn and sharpened the fine features — Virginia Woolf

— used often with away

letters on the stone had been worn away by weathering

or down

mountains worn down to low hills

or off

silver plating worn off here and there

or through

coat worn through at the elbows

5. : to cause or produce gradually by friction or attrition

wear a channel in the rock

wear a hole in the rug

6. : to exhaust or lessen the strength of : weary , fatigue

the strain of the war had been wearing them — Lucien Price

7. archaic : to let (time) go by : pass , spend

8. : to cause (a ship) to go about by putting the helm up instead of down as in tacking so that the vessel's stern is presented to the wind

intransitive verb


a. : to endure use : last under use or the passage of time

this coat material should wear for years

b. : to retain quality or vitality

attempt to find out how certain orchestral works are … wearing — Deems Taylor

2. : to diminish or decay through use

heels of his boots were wearing unevenly

: suffer damage or extinction by use or by passage of time : pass — used usually with away, off, on, out

his patience began to wear away

waiting for the effect of the drug to wear off

it grew colder as the day wore on

3. : to grow or become by or as if by attrition or use — used with some adjectives

his stock of money began to wear very low — Sir Walter Scott

felt his temper wearing thin and ready to snap

hair wearing thin on top

4. Scotland : proceed , progress

5. of a ship : to go about by turning the stern to the wind — compare tack 1b

- wear blue

- wear green

- wear on

- wear stripes

- wear the trousers

- wear the willow

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English were, from weren to wear

1. : the act of wearing or state of being worn : use

clothes for everyday wear

a 5-year-old ox will have all his teeth in wear — Animal Management

discarded after years of hard wear


a. : clothing or an article of clothing usually of a particular kind or fashionable style ; especially : clothing worn for a special occasion or popular during a specific period

examples of beautiful 16th century glove wear

motley's the only wear — Shakespeare

— often used in combination

fashions in neck wear

fabric expressly for travel wear — Women's Wear Daily

b. : fashion , vogue

realizes that the flowers from his garden may not always be the wear — H.S.Canby

3. : wearing quality : durability under use

shown 2 to 2 1/2 times the wear life of comparable gauges … of all silk hose — W.E.Shinn

4. : the result of wearing or use : diminution or impairment due to use

better cornering and reduced tire wear on turns — Annual Report General Motors Corp.

wear -resistant surface

III. ˈwi(ə)r\ transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English weren to defend, protect, from Old English werian — more at weir

Scot & dialect England : to collect and drive (as sheep) into an enclosure

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.