Definition of


  1. (noun, state) impairment resulting from long use
  2. (noun, artifact) a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  3. (noun, act) the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment
  4. (verb, body) be dressed in
  5. (verb, body) have on one's person
    bear a scar
  6. (verb, stative) have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality
  7. (verb, change) deteriorate through use or stress
  8. (verb, body) have or show an appearance of
  9. (verb, stative) last and be usable
  10. (verb, contact) go to pieces
    The gears wore out
    The old chair finally fell apart completely
  11. (verb, body) exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
  12. (verb, body) put clothing on one's body
    He put on his best suit for the wedding
    The princess donned a long blue dress
    The queen assumed the stately robes
    He got into his jeans

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Wear

  1. O.E. werian "to clothe, put on," from P.Gmc. *wazjanan (cf. O.N. verja, O.H.G. werian, Goth. gawasjan "to clothe"), from PIE *wes- "to clothe" (cf. Skt. vaste "he puts on," vasanam "garment;" Avestan vah-; Gk. esthes "clothing," hennymi "to clothe," eima "garment;" L. vestire; Welsh gw… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Wear

war, ware, warrior, wary, wear away, wearer, weary, weir, wherry, whir, whirr, whore, wire, wirehair, wirer, wiry, wooer, worrier, worry, wry

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