verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to force or impose (usually used in the negative): I wouldn't wish that awful job on my worst enemy.
- Also wish upon. to make a wish using some object as a magical talisman: to wish on a star.
Origin of wish
British Dictionary definitions for wish on (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for wish on (2 of 2)
Word Origin for wish
Word Origin and History for wish on
Old English wyscan "to wish," from Proto-Germanic *wunskijanan (cf. Old Norse æskja, Danish ønske, Swedish önska, Middle Dutch wonscen, Dutch wensen, Old High German wunsken, German wunschen "to wish"), from PIE *wun-/*wen-/*won- "to strive after, wish, desire, be satisfied" (cf. Sanskrit vanati "he desires, loves, wins," Latin venus "love, sexual desire, loveliness," venerari "to worship;" see Venus). The noun is attested from c.1300. Wish fulfillment (1901) translates German wunscherfüllung (Freud, "Die Traumdeutung," 1900).
Idioms and Phrases with wish on (1 of 2)
Foist or impose something on another, as in I wouldn't wish this job on my worst enemy. [Early 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with wish on (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with wish
- wish on
- if wishes were horses