This is my ownest self that speaks to you now; that is—that is your friend, and it will never change!
And so are we, my ownest; are not we also wrapped up in Science—the Higher Science?
ownest, How long is it since I heard from thee—and what an eternity since thou didst go away!
Forget-me-not, my ownest own, I can stand this misery no longer.
In a little while longer, ownest wife, we must think about thy return to England.
ownest wife, if Mr. Ripley comes into Boston on Sunday, it is my purpose to accompany him.
Nursie, do you know that my ownest father came down here to-day, and that I dwove to the station to see him off?
ownest wife, I love thee most exceedingly—never so much before; though I am sure I have loved thee through a past eternity.
I can scarcely believe that my ownest father will very soon be back again; it is quite too beautiful.
ownest, expect me next Tuesday in the forenoon; and do not look for another letter.
Old English agen "one's own," literally "possessed by," from Proto-Germanic *aigana- "possessed, owned" (cf. Old Saxon egan, Old Frisian egin, Old Norse eiginn, Dutch eigen, German eigen "own"), from past participle of PIE *aik- "to be master of, possess," source of Old English agan "to have" (see owe).
evolved in early Middle English from Old English geagnian, from root agan "to have, to own" (see owe), and in part from the adjective own (q.v.). It became obsolete after c.1300, but was revived early 17c., in part as a back-formation of owner (mid-14c.), which continued. Related: Owned; owning. To own up "make full confession" is from 1853.