1 [wair]
Usually, wares.
articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods: a peddler selling his wares.
any intangible items, as services or products of artistic or intellectual creativity, that are salable: an actor advertising his wares.
a specified kind or class of merchandise or of manufactured article (usually used in combination): silverware; glassware. See also -ware.
pottery, or a particular kind of pottery: delft ware.
Archaeology. a group of ceramic types classified according to paste and texture, surface modification, as burnish or glaze, and decorative motifs rather than shape and color.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English waru; cognate with German Ware

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2 [wair] Archaic.
watchful, wary, or cautious.
aware; conscious.
verb (used with object), wared, waring.
to beware of (usually used in the imperative).

before 900; Middle English (adj. and v.); Old English wær (adj.); cognate with German gewahr aware, Old Norse varr


3 [wair]
verb (used with object), wared, waring. Scot. and North England.
to spend; expend.

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse verja to spend, invest


4 [wair]
noun Scot. and North England.
the first season in the year; spring.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse vār spring; perhaps akin to Latin vēr (see vernal), Greek éar spring


a combining form extracted from software, occurring as the final element in words that refer to a specified kind or class of software: spyware; shareware. See also ware1 ( def 2 ).
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ware1 (wɛə)
1.  (functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or material: glassware; silverware
2.  porcelain or pottery of a specified type: agateware; jasper ware
[Old English waru; related to Old Frisian were, Old Norse vara, Middle Dutch Ware]

ware2 (wɛə)
1.  another word for beware
2.  wary another word for wise
[Old English wær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic war, Latin vereor. See aware, beware]

ware3 (wɛə)
dialect (Northern English), (Brit) (tr) to spend or squander
[C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja]

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"manufactured goods, goods for sale," O.E. waru, probably originally "object of care, that which is kept in custody," from P.Gmc. *waro (cf. Swed. vara, Dan. vare, O.Fris. were, M.Du. were, Du. waar, M.H.G., Ger. ware "goods"); related to O.E. wær "aware, cautious" (see
wary). Usually wares, except in compounds such as hardware, earthenware, etc. Lady ware was a jocular 17c. euphemism for "a woman's private parts."

"to take heed of, beware," O.E. warian "to guard against," from P.Gmc. *warojan, from *waro- "to guard, watch" (cf. O.Fris. waria, O.N. vara); related to O.E. wær "aware" (see wary).
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A suffix that means "software," as in shareware.
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suff. [from `software'] Commonly used to form jargon terms for classes of software. For examples, see annoyware, careware, crippleware, crudware, freeware, fritterware, guiltware, liveware, meatware, payware, psychedelicware, shareware, shelfware, vaporware, wetware.
Example sentences
Earthenware, also called semi-vitreous or white ware, is produced from less
  coarse clay.
Every shard of every ware has a value.
For the first time in world ceramic practice, goods can be fired by heat
  applied from all sides of the ware.
Putting free courseware online was a first step in reimagining education.
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