wane

[ weyn ]
/ weɪn /

verb (used without object), waned, wan·ing.

noun

Idioms for wane

    on the wane, decreasing; diminishing: The popularity of that song is on the wane.

Origin of wane

before 900; Middle English wanen (v.), Old English wanian to lessen; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle High German wanen, Old Norse vana to cause to wane, destroy

OTHER WORDS FROM wane

un·waned, adjectiveun·wan·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wane

wane wax
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Examples from the Web for unwaning

  • The unceasing stream of pilgrims to his home at Abbotsford is but one of many indications of his unwaning popularity.

    A Year in Europe|Walter W. Moore
  • It is, after all is said, the masterpieces that bring the unwaning satisfaction.

    Chats on Japanese Prints|Arthur Davison Ficke
  • But all the witcheries of that unwaning weather did not merely lend new spells and potencies to the outward world.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville

British Dictionary definitions for unwaning

wane
/ (weɪn) /

verb (intr)

noun

Derived forms of wane

waney or wany, adjective

Word Origin for wane

Old English wanian (vb); related to wan-, prefix indicating privation, wana defect, Old Norse vana
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Idioms and Phrases with unwaning

wane

see wax and wane.

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