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definition of the word -ware

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Old English waru

-ware

  1. Used to form nouns denoting, collectively, items made from a particular substance.
    glassware
  2. Used to form nouns denoting, collectively, items of a particular kind or for a particular use.
    giftware

From software.

-ware

  1. Used to form nouns denoting various
    • types of program (e.g. firmware, middleware, software)
    • class of program (e.g. malware; viral-like capability)
    • also use to classify a particular mechanism of programs
    (e.g. groupware in computer-mediated communication)

From Proto-Germanic *-werioz (dwellers of). Cognate with Old High German -āri ("inhabitants of"), Old English wer "man". More at wer

-ware m pl

  1. (used in the plural) suffix denoting inhabitants or residents of a place
    burgwaras "residents of a burg, burghers, citizens"
    Lundenwaras "Londoners"
    Rōmware "Romans"

(masc. i-stem)

(masc. a-stem)

(masc. n-stem)

(fem. a-stem)

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