Origin: OE. Wer, AS. Wer; akin to G. Wehr, AS. Werian to defend, protect, hinder, G. Wehren, Goth. Warjan; and perhaps to E. Wary; or cf. Skr. Vr to check, hinder. Cf. Garret.
1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to wear a coat; to wear a shackle. "What compass will you wear your farthingale?" (Shak) "On her white breast a sparkling cross s wore, Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore." (Pope)
2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance. "He wears the rose of youth upon him." "His innocent gestures wear A meaning half divine." (Keble)
4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend. "That wicked wight his days doth wear." (Spenser) "The waters wear the stones." (Job xiv. 19)
6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition. "Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in the first essay, displeased us." (Locke) To wear away, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy, by gradual attrition or decay. To wear off, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth. To wear on or upon, to wear. "[I] weared upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns]" . To wear out. To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay; as, to wear out a coat or a book. To consume tediously. "To wear out miserable days." . To harass; to tire. "[He] shall wear out the saints of the most High." . To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in military service. To wear the breeches. See Breeches.
Origin: Wore; Worn; Wearing. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the being Weared] [OE. Weren, werien, AS. Werian to carry, to wear, as arms or clothes; akin to OHG. Werien, weren, to clothe, Goth. Wasjan, L. Vestis clothing, vestire to clothe, Gr, Skr. Vas. Cf. Vest.
(01 Mar 1998)
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