won

1
[ wuhn ]
/ wʌn /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of win1.
Can be confusedone wan won

Definition for won (2 of 5)

won

2
[ wuhn, woo n, wohn ]
/ wʌn, wʊn, woʊn /

verb (used without object), wonned, won·ning. Archaic.

to dwell; abide; stay.

Origin of won

2
before 900; Middle English wonen, Old English wunian; cognate with German wohnen; see wont

Definition for won (3 of 5)

won

3
[ won ]
/ wɒn /

noun, plural won.

a paper money and monetary unit of North and South Korea, equal to 100 chon.

Origin of won

3
1915–20; < Korean wǒn < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán yuan

Definition for won (4 of 5)

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

Definition for won (5 of 5)

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 won (1 of 5)

won

1
/ (wʌn) /

verb

the past tense of win 1

British Dictionary definitions for won (2 of 5)

won

2
/ (wɒn) /

noun plural won

the standard monetary unit of North Korea, divided into 100 chon
the standard monetary unit of South Korea, divided into 100 chon
Also called: hwan

Word Origin for won

Korean wån

British Dictionary definitions for won (3 of 5)

won

3
/ (wʌn, wʊn, wəʊn) /

verb wons, wonning or wonned

(intr) archaic to live or dwell

Word Origin for won

Old English wunian to become accustomed to; related to win 1

British Dictionary definitions for won (4 of 5)

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

British Dictionary definitions for won (5 of 5)

win

2
/ (wɪn) /

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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Idioms and Phrases with won

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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