- to think; suppose.
- to expect, hope, or intend.
Origin of ween
Examples from the Web for ween
Brave banqueting I ween to-night for all that goodly company.Alroy
But when Slingsby saw the water, Somewhat pale, I ween, was he.The Bon Gaultier Ballads
William Edmonstoune Aytoun
And she that longs to see, I ween, is as desirous to be seen.Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The fiery scenes of the forum did not ween him from his family.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
That day I write of, little did I ween what her end would be.
- archaic to think or imagine (something)
Word Origin and History for ween
Old English wenan "to think," from Proto-Germanic *woenijanan (cf. Old Saxon wanian, Old Norse væna, Old Frisian wena, Old High German wanen, German wähnen, Gothic wenjan "to expect, suppose, think"), from *woeniz "expectation," from PIE root *wen- "to wish, desire, strive for" (see Venus). Archaic since 17c.