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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Word Origin & History

"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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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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