[ ween ]
/ win /

verb (used with or without object) Archaic.

to think; suppose.
to expect, hope, or intend.

Nearby words

  1. weeks, feast of,
  2. weel,
  3. weelkes,
  4. weems,
  5. weems, mason locke,
  6. weenie,
  7. weeny,
  8. weeny-bopper,
  9. weep,
  10. weep buckets

Origin of ween

before 900; Middle English wenen, Old English wēnan to expect; cognate with German wähnen to imagine, Old Norse væna, Gothic wēnjan to hope, expect

Related formsun·weened, adjective

Can be confusedwean ween

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/ (wiːn) /


archaic to think or imagine (something)

Word Origin for ween

Old English wēnan; related to Old Saxon wānian, Gothic wēnjan, German wähnen to assume wrongly

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Word Origin and History for weened



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.

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