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From Middle English care, from Old English caru, ċearu (care, concern, anxiety, sorrow, grief, trouble), from Proto-Germanic *karō (care, sorrow, cry), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeh₂r- (shout, call). Cognate with Old Saxon cara, kara (concern, action), Middle High German kar (sorrow, lamentation), Icelandic kör (sickbed), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐌰 (kara, concern, care). Related also to Dutch karig (scanty), German karg (sparse, meagre, barren), Latin garriō, Ancient Greek γῆρυς (gêrus). See chary.


From Latin quālis, quālem.