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Origin of wont

1300–50; (adj.) Middle English wont, woned,Old English gewunod, past participle of gewunian to be used to (see won2); cognate with German gewöhnt; (v.) Middle English, back formation from wonted or wont (past participle); (noun) apparently from conflation of wont (past participle) with obsolete wone wish, in certain stereotyped phrases

OTHER WORDS FROM wont

wontless, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wont

1. want, wont 2. won't, wont

Other definitions for wont (2 of 2)

won't
[ wohnt, wuhnt ]
/ woʊnt, wʌnt /

contraction of will not:He won't see you now.

usage note for won't

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH won't

won't , wont
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How to use wont in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for wont (1 of 2)

wont
/ (wəʊnt) /

adjective
(postpositive) accustomed (to doing something)he was wont to come early
noun
a manner or action habitually employed by or associated with someone (often in the phrases as is my wont, as is his wont, etc)
verb
(when tr, usually passive) to become or cause to become accustomed

Word Origin for wont

Old English gewunod, past participle of wunian to be accustomed to; related to Old High German wunēn (German wohnen), Old Norse una to be satisfied; see wean 1, wish, winsome

British Dictionary definitions for wont (2 of 2)

won't
/ (wəʊnt) /

contraction of
will not
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