Nearby words

  1. wonju,
  2. wonk,
  3. wonky,
  4. wonna,
  5. wonsan,
  6. wonted,
  7. wontedly,
  8. wonton,
  9. woo,
  10. woo-hoo

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

Related formswont·less, adjective

Can be confusedwant wontwon't wont


[ wohnt, wuhnt ]
/ woʊnt, wʌnt /

contraction of will not: He won't see you now.
Can be confusedwon't wont

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Examples from the Web for wont

British Dictionary definitions for wont


/ (wəʊnt) /


(postpositive) accustomed (to doing something)he was wont to come early


a manner or action habitually employed by or associated with someone (often in the phrases as is my wont, as is his wont, etc)


(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


/ (wəʊnt) /

contraction of

will not
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Word Origin and History for wont
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