Warn v. t. To refuse. [Written also wern, worn.] [Obs.]
Wear, v. t. [imp. Wore p. p. Worn p. pr. & vb. n. Wearing. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being Weared.]
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 she 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.
3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes rapidly.
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.
5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole.
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 To wear upon, to wear. [Obs.] “[I] weared upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns.]” --Chaucer.
To wear out. (a) To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay; as, to wear out a coat or a book. (b) To consume tediously. “To wear out miserable days.” --Milton. (c) To harass; to tire. “[He] shall wear out the saints of the Most High.” --Dan vii. 25. (d) To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in military service.
To wear the breeches. See under Breeches. [Colloq.]
Worn p. p. of Wear.
Worn land, land that has become exhausted by tillage, or which for any reason has lost its fertility.
n 1: impairment resulting from long use; "the tires showed uneven
2: a covering designed to be worn on a person's body [syn: clothing,
article of clothing, vesture]
3: the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment;
"she bought it for everyday wear" [syn: wearing]
v 1: be dressed in; "She was wearing yellow that day" [syn: have
2: have on one's person; "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar"
3: have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude
or personality; "He always wears a smile"
4: deteriorate through use or stress; "The constant friction
wore out the cloth" [syn: wear off, wear out, wear
5: have or show an appearance of; "wear one's hair in a certain
6: last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten
years" [syn: hold out, endure]
7: go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears
wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
[syn: break, wear out, bust, fall apart]
8: exhaust or tire through overuse or great strain or stress;
"We wore ourselves out on this hike" [syn: tire, wear
upon, tire out, weary, jade, wear out, outwear,
wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue] [ant: refresh]
9: put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "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" [syn: put on, get into,
[also: worn, wore]
adj 1: affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the
screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the
jacket" [ant: unworn]
2: showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or
suffering; "looking careworn as she bent over her
mending"; "her face was drawn and haggard from
sleeplessness"; "that raddled but still noble face";
"shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face"-
Charles Dickens [syn: careworn, drawn, haggard, raddled]