Wear vs Wears - What's the difference?

wear | wears |

As verbs the difference between wear and wears

is that wear is to guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion while wears is third-person singular of wear.

As nouns the difference between wear and wears

is that wear is (in combination) clothing while wears is plural of lang=en.

As a proper noun Wear

is a river in the county of Tyne and Wear in north east England. The city of Sunderland is found upon its banks.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) weren, werien, from (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* (l), (l) (Scotland)


  • To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.
  • To defend; protect.
  • To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.
  • to wear the wolf from the sheep
  • To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) weren, werien, from (etyl) , (etyl) gwisgo, (etyl) waš- .


  • To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.
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  • *:It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=‘It's rather like a beautiful Inverness cloak one has inherited. Much too good to hide away, so one wears it instead of an overcoat and pretends it's an amusing new fashion.’}}
  • To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.
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  • *, chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
  • To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.
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  • To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.
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  • To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.
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  • (lb) To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.
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  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:His stock of money began to wear very low.
  • * (1804-1881)
  • *:The familywore out in the earlier part of the century.
  • To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.  His neverending criticism has finally worn' my patience.  Toil and care soon '''wear''' the spirit.  Our physical advantage allowed us to ' wear the other team out
  • (lb) To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.
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  • (in the phrase "wearing on (someone) ") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.
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  • To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Away, I say; time wears .
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Thus wore out night.
  • (lb) To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind. Also written "ware". Past: weared, or wore/worn.
  • Derived terms
    * outworn * wear away * wear down * wear off * wear out, worn out, worn-out * wear thin * wear something on one's sleeve, wear one's heart on one's sleeve * wear rose-colored glasses * wearable * wearer * worse for wear
    See also
    * (l) *


  • (uncountable) (in combination ) clothing
  • footwear'''; outdoor '''wear'''; maternity '''wear
  • (uncountable) damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time
  • * 1895 , H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X
  • Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing.
  • (uncountable) fashion
  • * Shakespeare
  • Motley's the only wear .




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  • (wear)
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