Nearby words

  1. wimp out,
  2. wimpish,
  3. wimple,
  4. wimpy,
  5. wimshurst machine,
  6. win by a nose,
  7. win hands down,
  8. win on points,
  9. win one's spurs,
  10. win out

Idioms

    for the win, Slang. (used to express enthusiasm for someone or something that is very good, likely to succeed, etc.): a plant-based diet, for the win!

Origin of win

1
before 900; Middle English winnen (v.), Old English winnan to work, fight, bear; cognate with German gewinnen, Old Norse vinna, Gothic winnan

Related formswin·na·ble, adjective

win

2
[ win ]
/ wɪn /

verb (used with object), winned, win·ning. Scot. and North England.

to dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.

Origin of win

2
First recorded in 1550–60; perhaps variant of winnow

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British Dictionary definitions for win

win

1
/ (wɪn) /

verb wins, winning or won

noun

See also win out

Derived Formswinnable, adjective

Word Origin for win

Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen

verb wins, winning, won or winned (tr) Irish, Scot and Northern English dialect

to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
a less common word for winnow

Word Origin for win

Old English, perhaps a variant of winnow

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Word Origin and History for win
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Idioms and Phrases with win

win

In addition to the idioms beginning with win

  • win by a nose
  • wind down
  • wind up
  • wine and dine
  • wing it
  • win hands down
  • winning streak
  • win one's spurs
  • win on points
  • win out
  • win over
  • win some, lose some
  • win through

also see:

  • (win) hands down
  • no-win situation
  • slow but sure (steady wins the race)
  • you can't win
  • you can't win 'em all
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