General English


  • noun damage or loss of quality by use
  • verb to become damaged or to lose quality because of use

Cars & Driving

  • noun the progressive loss of substance from the operating surface of a body occurring as a result of relative motion at the surface; rubbing away


  • verb to become damaged through being used

Origin & History of “wear”

Wear goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *wazjan, of whose other descendants only the Icelandic past participle varinn ‘clad’ survives. this was formed from the base *was-, which in turn was descended from Indo-European *wes-, source of Latin vestis ‘clothing’, from which English gets vest, vestment, etc.