- to think; suppose.
- to expect, hope, or intend.
Origin of ween
Examples from the Web for weened
Contemporary Examples of weened
It satisfied the part of me that grew up and was weened on SNL.Michaela Watkins: Fired From ‘SNL’ To Hollywood’s Funniest Scene-Stealer
March 4, 2014
Historical Examples of weened
You would have weened that day that there were none but rich folk in Nuremberg.Margery [Gred], Complete
Who would have weened that, thou that hast been to me so dear?Britain in the Middle Ages
Florence L. Bowman
He weened that Ruediger knowing / had warned what lay for them in store.
They weened that he had conquered / in trial by his proper might.
She weened to save the hero, / yet wrought she nothing save his bane.
- archaic to think or imagine (something)
Word Origin 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.