was
Pronunciation
  • (British, New Zealand) enPR wŏz, IPA: /wɒz/, /wʌz/
  • (America) enPR wŭz, IPA: /wʌz/, /wɑz/
  • (Australia) enPR: wŏz, IPA: /wɔz/
  • (British, America) enPR: wəz, IPA: /wəz/

Verb
  1. first-person singular simple past indicative of be#English|be.
    I was castigated and scorned.
  2. third-person singular simple past indicative of be#English|be.
    It was a really humongous slice of cake.
    • 1915, John Millington Synge, The Playboy of the Western World, I:
      I killed my poor father, Tuesday was a week, for doing the like of that.
  3. (now, colloquial) Used in phrases with existential there when the semantic subject is (usually third-person) plural.
    There was three of them there.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Gen 40:17 ↗:
      And in the vppermoſt baſket there was of all maner of †bake-meats foꝛ Pharaoh,and the birds did eat them out of the baſket vpon my head.
  4. (now, colloquial or nonstandard) second-person singular simple past indicative of be#English|be.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 33:
      You was pleased to cast a favourable eye upon me.
  5. (colloquial, nonstandard) first-person plural simple past indicative of be#English|be



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