• A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
    A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wear have or show an appearance of "wear one's hair in a certain way"
    • v wear have on one's person "He wore a red ribbon","bear a scar"
    • v wear 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"
    • v wear be dressed in "She was wearing yellow that day"
    • v wear exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress "We wore ourselves out on this hike"
    • v wear deteriorate through use or stress "The constant friction wore out the cloth"
    • v wear go to pieces "The lawn mower finally broke","The gears wore out","The old chair finally fell apart completely"
    • v wear last and be usable "This dress wore well for almost ten years"
    • v wear have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality "He always wears a smile"
    • n wear the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment "she bought it for everyday wear"
    • n wear a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
    • n wear impairment resulting from long use "the tires showed uneven wear"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat
Little red riding-hood, wearing her cloak, stands in the doorway Little red riding-hood, wearing her cloak, stands in the doorway
The lids we wear-- The lids we wear--
persons in bed wearing respirators persons in bed wearing respirators
woman with baby wearing gaiters woman with baby wearing gaiters
Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are...
William, facing a man wearing a bowler hat William, facing a man wearing a bowler hat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alabama, it is against the law to wear a fake mustache that could cause laughter in the church
    • Wear A dam in a river to stop and raise the water, for the purpose of conducting it to a mill, forming a fish pond, or the like.
    • Wear A fence of stakes, brushwood, or the like, set in a stream, tideway, or inlet of the sea, for taking fish.
    • Wear A long notch with a horizontal edge, as in the top of a vertical plate or plank, through which water flows, -- used in measuring the quantity of flowing water.
    • n Wear wēr Same as Weir.
    • Wear The act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment.
    • Wear The result of wearing or use; consumption, diminution, or impairment due to use, friction, or the like; as, the wear of this coat has been good.
    • Wear The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion. "Motley 's the only wear ."
    • Wear To be wasted, consumed, or diminished, by being used; to suffer injury, loss, or extinction by use or time; to decay, or be spent, gradually. "Thus wore out night.""Away, I say; time wears .""Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou and this people that is with thee.""His stock of money began to wear very low.""The family . . . wore out in the earlier part of the century."
    • Wear 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?""On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore ,
      Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore."
    • Wear To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole.
    • v. t Wear wâr (Naut) To cause to go about, as a vessel, by putting the helm up, instead of alee as in tacking, so that the vessel's bow is turned away from, and her stern is presented to, the wind, and, as she turns still farther, her sails fill on the other side; to veer.
    • Wear To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; -- hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears well as an acquaintance.
    • Wear To form or shape by, or as by, attrition. "Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in the first essay, displeased us."
    • Wear 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."
    • Wear 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 .""The waters wear the stones."
    • Wear 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.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Less than 1% of the women in the world will ever be able to wear a diamond that is the size of a carat or more
    • wear To carry or bear on the body as a covering or an appendage for warmth, decency, ornament, or other use; put or have on: as, to wear fine clothes; to wear diamonds.
    • wear To use, affect, or be in the habit of using in one's costume or adornment: as, to wear green.
    • wear To consume by frequent or habitual use; deteriorate or waste by wear; use up: as, boots well worn.
    • wear To waste or impair by rubbing or attrition; lessen or diminish by continuous action upon; consume; waste; destroy by degrees.
    • wear Hence To exhaust; weary; fatigue.
    • wear To cause or produce by constant percussion or attrition; form by continual rubbing: as, a constant current of water will wear a channel in stone.
    • wear To efface; obliterate.
    • wear To have or exhibit an appearance of; bear; carry; exhibit; show.
    • wear To disaccustom to one thing and accustom to another; bring gradually; lead: often with in or into before the new thing or state.
    • wear Nautical, to bring (a vessel) on another tack by turning her with her head away from the wind; veer. Also ware.
    • wear To lay out; expend; spend; waste; squander. Compare ware.
    • wear To waste or destroy by degrees; consume tediously: as, to wear out life in idle projects.
    • wear Hence— To obliterate; efface.
    • wear To harass; tire completely; fatigue; exhaust; waste or consume the strength of.
    • wear To be in fashion; be in common or recognized use.
    • wear To become fit or suitable by use; become accustomed.
    • wear To last or hold out in course of use or the lapse of time: generally with well or ill.
    • wear To undergo gradual impairment or diminution through use, attrition, or lapse of time; waste or diminish gradually; become obliterated: often with away, off, or out.
    • wear To pass or be spent; become gradually consumed or exhausted.
    • wear To move or advance slowly; make gradual progress: as, the winter wore on.
    • wear To become; grow.
    • wear Nautical, to come round with the head away from the wind: said of a ship.
    • n wear The act of wearing or using, or the state of being worn or used, as garments, ornaments, etc.; use: as, a garment not for every-day wear.
    • n wear Stuff or material for articles of wear; material for garments, etc.
    • n wear An article or articles worn, or intended or fit to be worn; style of dress, adornment, or the like; hence, fashion; vogue.
    • n wear Use; usage received in course of being worn or used; the impairment or diminution in bulk, value, efficiency, etc., which results from use, friction, time, or the like.
    • wear To guard; watch, as a gate, etc., so that it is not entered; defend.
    • wear To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering: as, to wear the wolf from the sheep.
    • wear To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.
    • n wear See weir.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Massachusetts you must have a license to wear a goatee.
    • v.t Wear wār to carry on the body: to have the appearance of: to consume by use, time, or exposure: to waste by rubbing: to do by degrees: to exhaust, efface:
    • v.i Wear to be wasted by use or time: to be spent tediously: to consume slowly: to last under use: : :
    • n Wear act of wearing: lessening or injury by use or friction: article worn
    • n Wear the process of wasting by attrition or time: that which is worn, clothes
    • n Wear wēr another spelling of weir.
    • v.t Wear wēr (obs.) to guard, ward off: to guide.
    • n Wear a dam across a river: a fence of stakes set in a stream for catching fish.
    • v.t Wear wār (naut.) to veer
    • v.i Wear (Shak.) to be in fashion, to become accustomed
    • v.i Wear (naut.) to come round away from the wind
    • v.i Wear (obs.) to become:—pa.t. wōre; pa.p. wōrn
    • ***


  • Proverb
    “How to dress? When the money is going from you wear anything you like. When the money is coming to you, dress your best.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The most important thing you wear is the expression on your face”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”
  • Charles Lamb
    “The beggar wears all colors fearing none.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Fashion wears out more clothes than the man.”


If the cap fits, wear it - This idiom means that if the description is correct, then it is describing the truth, often when someone is being criticised.('If the shoe fits, wear it' is an alternative)
If the shoe fits, wear it - This is used to suggest that something that has been said might apply to a person.
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown - This means that people with serious responsibilities have a heavy burden.
Wear many hats - If someone wears many hats, they have different roles or tasks to perform.
Wear sackcloth and ashes - If someone displays their grief or contrition publicly, they wear sackcloth and ashes.
Wear the trousers - The person who wears the trousers is the dominant or controlling person in a relationship, especially the woman.
Wear your heart on your sleeve - Someone who wears their heart on their sleeve shows their emotions and feelings publicly.
Who wears the pants? - (USA) The person who wears the pants in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
Who wears the trousers? - (UK) The person who wears the trousers in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
Worse for wear - If something's worse for wear, it has been used for a long time and, consequently, isn't in very good condition. A person who's worse for wear is drunk or high on drugs and looking rough.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. "enny`nai, Skr. vas,. Cf. Vest


In literature:

He does not always wear a black suit; sometimes he puts on a brown one.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Doth thy sentence bind thee to wear the token in thy sleep?
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Please wear it; I have another.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
From June to October men wear it in town every evening without overcoat.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
And I did so want to wear it this evening.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
If I have beauty, God gave it to me to wear, and wear it I will.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
Shawls are difficult to wear gracefully, and few American ladies wear them well.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
Gee, it must be awful where you've got so many suits of trick clothes you don't know which one to wear.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
If I wear the white I cannot wear long sleeves.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Dat she cain't wear no shoes an' gaiters.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley

In poetry:

Guises are
what enemies wear. You
and I live
in a prayer.
"Song" by Robert Creeley
And more! no matter what!
Crosses and crowns you wear:
My song may be forgot,
But Thou shalt not, in prayer.
""To-Morrows"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
"Wear all my hair in curl?
Stand at my door and wink - so -
At every passing girl?
My brothers, I should think so!
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
At Rome she wears it, as of old
Upon th' accursed hill:
By monarchs clad in gems and gold,
She goes a mourner still.
"Gunpowder Treason" by John Keble
To whom—as if in hallowed air
Ye knelt before some awful shrine -
His innocent gestures wear
A meaning half divine:
"Holy Baptism" by John Keble
Wher syx and thritte Skottishe knyghtes
On a day wear beaten down;
Glendale glytteryde on ther amour bryght,
Over castille, towar and town.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British

In news:

Ronald Patrick Wear was arrested in June after reports of domestic violence in downtown Jackson.
But one day, troops could see an info-" augmented " reality all around them, with contact lenses that provide "first-person shooter-type video game" environments to those that wear them.
What To Wear To Every Campus Event.
Stylista' Wears Its Awfulness Well.
Do you ever wear pants low around your waist that allow your underwear to be seen by others.
Should the city of Wichita make it against the law to wear saggy pants.
Kristen Stewart Wears Shorts to Balenciaga Dinner.
0 Kristen Wiig, wearing a white chiffon slip dress from Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere.
Gaga will wear Armani on tour.
PhotodiscGunner thinks it's odd that my girlfriend wears a ring, is not married and gets hit on more than when she didn't wear it.
Models wear creations by designer Elie Saab as part of his ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection, in Paris.
What they need to know is that is in a perfect environment and no cutter wear or wear on the machine .
Jones wears many hats, but when he's being photographed, he lets the mannequins wear them.
Entrants can submit individual or group photos, wearing university logo-wear and showing off great ponytails .
See what they are wearing or hardly wearing at the beach.

In science:

The goal of this paper is to present a new system for non-contact interface that is both low cost and also does not require the user to wear any equipment.
A Prototype System for Controlling a Computer by Head Movements and Voice Commands
However, in an actual device, wear leveling is an issue that needs to be addressed.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
For this reason, physical blocks will occasionally need to be swapped between the hot and cold queues to spread the wear evenly.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
Wear leveling would still need to be taken into consideration in a real device.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
Moreover, by computing the fitting error as an integral on the manifold of a class of prototype curves and by performing the error minimization exhaustively, the developed procedure offers very consistent fitting results, even in the case that the considered drawings suffer serious wear.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings