wen

1
[ wen ]
/ wɛn /

noun

Pathology. a benign encysted tumor of the skin, especially on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter; a sebaceous cyst.
British. a large, crowded city or a crowded urban district: London is the great wen of England.

Nearby words

  1. welty, eudora,
  2. welwitschia,
  3. welwyn garden city,
  4. wembley,
  5. wemyss,
  6. wen-yen,
  7. wena,
  8. wenatchee,
  9. wenceslas,
  10. wenceslaus

Origin of wen

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English wenn; cognate with Dutch wen

Can be confusedwen when

wen

2
[ wen ]
/ wɛn /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wen

wen

1
/ (wɛn) /

noun

pathol a sebaceous cyst, esp one occurring on the scalp
a large overcrowded city (esp London in the phrase the great wen)

Word Origin for wen

Old English wenn; related to Danish dialect van, væne, Dutch wenn

noun

a rune having the sound of Modern English w

Word Origin for wen

Old English wen, wyn

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Word Origin and History for wen

wen

n.

Old English wenn "a wen, wart," a West Germanic word (cf. Middle Low German wene, Dutch wen, dialectal German Wenne) of uncertain origin.

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Medicine definitions for wen

wen

[ wĕn ]

n.

sebaceous cyst

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