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wʌz, wɒz; unstressed wəzwas

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  1. wasverb

    First-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.

  2. wasverb

    Third-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.

  3. Etymology: From wæs, from was, (identical to Low German was, cognate with German war), from h₂wes-. The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of three originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form be is from bʰew-. The words is and are are both derived from h₁es-. Lastly, the past forms starting with w- such as was and were are from h₂wes-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wasthe preterite of to be.

    Enoch walked with God, and was not; for God took him. Gen. v. 24.


  1. was

    The word "was" is a past tense form of the verb "be" used in English to indicate a past state, condition, or existence of something or someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Was

    of Be

  2. Was

    the first and third persons singular of the verb be, in the indicative mood, preterit (imperfect) tense; as, I was; he was

  3. Etymology: [AS. ws, 2d pers. wre, 3d pers. ws, pl. wron, with the inf. wesan to be; akin to D. wezen, imp. was, OHG. wesan, imp. was, G. wesen, n., a being, essence, war was, Icel. vera to be, imp. var, Goth. wisan to be, to dwell, to remain, imp. was, Skr. vas to remain, to dwell. 148. Cf. Vernacular, Wassail, Were, v.]


  1. Was

    The was sceptre is a symbol that appeared often in relics, art, and hieroglyphics associated with the ancient Egyptian religion. It appears as a stylized animal head at the top of a long, straight staff with a forked end. Was sceptres were used as symbols of power or dominion, and were associated with the gods as well as with the pharaoh. Was sceptres also represent the Typhonic beast or Set-animal. In later use, it was a symbol of control over the force of chaos that Set represented. In a funerary context the was sceptre was responsible for the well-being of the deceased, and was thus sometimes included in the tomb equipment or in the decoration of the tomb or coffin. The sceptre is also considered an amulet. The Egyptians perceived the sky as being supported on four pillars, which could have the shape of was sceptres. The was sceptre is also the symbol of the fourth Upper Egyptian nome, the nome of Thebes. Was sceptres were depicted as being carried by gods, pharaohs, and priests. They commonly occur in paintings, drawings, and carvings of gods, and often parallel with emblems such as the ankh and the djed-pillar. Remnants of real was sceptres have been found, constructed of faience or wood, where the head and forked tail of the Set-animal are visible, with the earliest examples dating back to the times of the first dynasty.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Was

    woz, used as pa.t. of be. [A.S. wæs, wǽrewesan, to remain, be; Goth. wisan, pa.t. was, to remain; Ice. vera, pa.t. var.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WAS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Was is ranked #57639 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Was surname appeared 353 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Was.

    88.3% or 312 total occurrences were White.
    7.3% or 26 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'was' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #9

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'was' in Written Corpus Frequency: #18

Anagrams for was »

  1. ASW

  2. saw

  3. SAW

  4. swa

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of was in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of was in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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