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  • From Middle English werre, from Late Old English werre, wyrre from Old Northern French werre (compare Old French guerre, whence modern French guerre), from Medieval Latin werra, from Frankish *werru, from Proto-Indo-European *wers- ("to mix up, confuse, beat, thresh"). Displaced native Old English ń°ewinn.
  • Akin to Old High German werra ("confusion, strife, quarrel") (German verwirren), Old Saxon werran ("to confuse, perplex"), Dutch war ("confusion, disarray"), West Frisian war,
  • Old English wyrsa ("worse"), Old Norse verri ("worse") (originally "confounded, mixed up"). There may be a connection with worse, wurst.

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