Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for ween on Thesaurus.com verb (used with or without object) . Archaic to think; suppose. to expect, hope, or intend. 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 forms un·weened, adjective
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Examples from the Web for weens Historical Examples So man shall do whenever in war he weens to earn him lasting fame, nor fears for his life! British Dictionary definitions for weens archaic to think or imagine (something) Word Origin
wēnan; related to Old Saxon wānian, Gothic wēnjan, German wähnen to assume wrongly
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Word Origin and History for weens ween v.
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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