wanting

[ won-ting, wawn- ]
/ ˈwɒn tɪŋ, ˈwɔn- /

adjective

lacking or absent: a motor with some of the parts wanting.
deficient in some part, thing, or respect: to be wanting in courtesy.

preposition

lacking; without: a box wanting a lid.
less; minus: a century wanting three years.

Nearby words

  1. want list,
  2. wantage,
  3. wantagh,
  4. wantaway,
  5. wanted,
  6. wanton,
  7. wantonly,
  8. wanxian,
  9. wany,
  10. wap

Origin of wanting

1250–1300; Middle English (adj.); see want, -ing2

want

[ wont, wawnt ]
/ wɒnt, wɔnt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of want

1150–1200; Middle English wante < Old Norse vanta to lack

Related forms
Can be confusedunwanted unwontedwant wont

Synonym study

1. See wish. 3. See lack. 15. See poverty.

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British Dictionary definitions for wanting

wanting

/ (ˈwɒntɪŋ) /

adjective (postpositive)

lacking or absent; missing
not meeting requirements or expectationsyou have been found wanting

preposition

without
archaic minus

want

1
/ (wɒnt) /

verb

noun

Derived Formswanter, noun

Word Origin for want

C12 (vb, in the sense: it is lacking), C13 (n): from Old Norse vanta to be deficient; related to Old English wanian to wane

want

2
/ (wɒnt) /

noun

English dialect a mole

Word Origin for want

Old English wand

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Word Origin and History for wanting
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Idioms and Phrases with wanting

want

In addition to the idioms beginning with want

  • want for nothing
  • want in

also see:

  • waste not, want not
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