- accustomed; used (usually followed by an infinitive): He was wont to rise at dawn.
- custom; habit; practice: It was her wont to walk three miles before breakfast.
- to accustom (a person), as to a thing: That summer wonted me to a lifetime of early rising.
- to render (a thing) customary or usual (usually used passively).
- to be wont.
Origin of wont
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- contraction of will not: He won't see you now.
Examples from the Web for wont
Forgive my candor, though such is my wont, but much like that moose on a spit, Bernie is dead.How the Lame Democrats Blew It
November 5, 2014
The U.K. tabloids, as is their wont, have branded her “shameless,” “sordid,” and “the scourge of society.”The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain: Rebecca More’s ‘Sex Tour’ Enrages UK Politicians
October 20, 2014
It has been, as contestants on TV talent shows are wont to say, a “journey.”Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress Was Crazy Brilliant
September 3, 2014
Allen responded with his own op-ed in the Times, and the media, as is their wont, proceeded to pick sides.Woody Allen on ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ the Crisis in Gaza, and Those Allegations
July 18, 2014
As celebrities on the movie promotion circuit are wont to do, Cameron Diaz is hawking her latest cause celebre.Waxing: Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don’t: How Pubic Hair Became Political
April 10, 2014
Speak to me as is your wont—with the same kindliness and warmth—you know I am bound to you.
I am a peaceful trader, and I am not wont to be so shouted at upon so small a matter.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Burke took refuge, as his wont was when too hard pressed, in a mighty bellow.Within the Law
Indeed, on the morrow she seated herself at the work-frame and embroidered as she was wont to do.The Dream
You told me that you and your father were wont to go out together in the morning.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- (postpositive) accustomed (to doing something)he was wont to come early
- a manner or action habitually employed by or associated with someone (often in the phrases as is my wont, as is his wont, etc)
- (when tr, usually passive) to become or cause to become accustomed
- will not
Word Origin and History for wont
"accustomed," Old English wunod, past participle of wunian "to dwell, be accustomed," from Proto-Germanic *wun- "to be content, to rejoice" (cf. Old Saxon wunon, Old Frisian wonia "to dwell, remain, be used to," Old High German wonen, German wohnen "to dwell;" related to Old English winnan, gewinnan "to win" (see win) and to wean. The noun meaning "habitual usage, custom" is attested from c.1300.
contraction of will not, first recorded mid-15c. as wynnot, later wonnot (1580s) before the modern form emerged 1660s. See will.