- to think; suppose.
- to expect, hope, or intend.
Origin of ween
Examples from the Web for weening
Historical Examples of weening
And then Sir Phelot lashed at him eagerly, weening to have slain him.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)
And then he, weening to be strong enough, would have mounted.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)
Another moment and she was weening out her sorrow and anxiety on his shoulder.Elsie's children
She said it was like weening a child what never learned to eat yet.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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She passed the sacred fane, and there beheld crowds entering in; but fast she sped away, weening they went to Odin's cursed rites.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)
- 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.