Words related to war

warfare (n.)

mid-15c., from war (n.) + fare (see fare (n.)).

warhead (n.)

also war-head, 1898, "explosive part of a torpedo," from war (n.) + head (n.). Later transferred to any missile (1944).

warhorse (n.)

also war-horse, 1650s, "powerful horse ridden into war," from war (n.) + horse (n.). Figurative sense of "seasoned veteran" of anything is attested from 1837. In reference to women perceived as tough, by 1921.

warlike (adj.)

early 15c., from war (n.) + like (adj.).

warlord (n.)

also war-lord, 1856, from war (n.) + lord (n.). Often a translation of German Kriegsherr or Chinese junfa.

war-monger (n.)

also warmonger, 1580s, from war (n.) + monger (n.). First attested in Spenser's "Faerie Queene," and perhaps coined by him.

war-path (n.)

also warpath, 1775, in reference to North American Indians, from war (n.) + path (n.).

warrior (n.)

c. 1300, from Old North French werreier (Old French guerroieor) "a warrior, soldier, combatant, one who wages war," from werreier "wage war," from werre (see war (n.)).

warry (adj.)

"war-like," 1901, from war (n.) + -y (2).

warship (n.)

1530s, from war (n.) + ship (n.).

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