Origin of wanting
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of want
Examples from the Web for wanting
So many girls are idolizing these models and wanting to look like them.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He posted on Facebook about wanting to do something “right” and meaningful.
But throughout all this, Malone describe herself as “oddly responsible,” wanting to help her moms pay the bills as young as 10.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom|Marlow Stern|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The vast majority of New Yorkers seem to disagree, wanting the Santas gone for good.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest|David Freedlander|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Which was sweet and also troubling, because it meant that I have never shut up about wanting to be Peter Pan.The Cast of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Knows You Hatewatched ‘The Sound of Music’|Kevin Fallon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is in excellent preservation; the only parts which are wanting are the fingers of the right hand and the object which it held.A History of Art for Beginners and Students|Clara Erskine Clement
Not only the idea itself, but all means of expressing it, were wanting to the Hebraic religion.My Religion|Leo Tolstoy
Such too will not always be wanting; neither perhaps now are.
"I reckon you don't lose a fortune by their wanting to go to bed," said Schomberg, with sombre sarcasm.Victory|Joseph Conrad
Rick studied the man through half-lowered lids, not wanting to be rude by staring openly.The Flying Stingaree|Harold Leland Goodwin
Word Origin for want
Word Origin for want
c.1300, "deficiency, shortage," from Old Norse vant, neuter of vanr "wanting, deficient;" related to Old English wanian "to diminish" (see wane). Phrase for want of is recorded from c.1400. Meaning "state of destitution" is recorded from mid-14c. Newspaper want ad is recorded from 1897. Middle English had wantsum (c.1200) "in want, deprived of," literally "want-some."
c.1200, "to be lacking," from Old Norse vanta "to lack, want," earlier *wanaton, from Proto-Germanic *wanen, from PIE *we-no-, from root *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out" (see vain). The meaning "desire, wish for" is first recorded 1706. Related: wanted; wanting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with want
- want for nothing
- want in
- waste not, want not