[wawn-tid, wohn-, wuhn-]


accustomed; habituated; used.
customary, habitual, or usual: He took his wonted place in the library.

Origin of wonted

1375–1425; wont (noun) + -ed3, or by extension (see -ed2) of wont (past participle; see wont (adj.))
Related formswont·ed·ly, adverbwont·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for wonted

1. wont.


[wawnt, wohnt, wuhnt]Archaic or Literary.


accustomed; used (usually followed by an infinitive): He was wont to rise at dawn.


custom; habit; practice: It was her wont to walk three miles before breakfast.

verb (used with object), wont, wont or wont·ed, wont·ing.

to accustom (a person), as to a thing: That summer wonted me to a lifetime of early rising.
to render (a thing) customary or usual (usually used passively).

verb (used without object), wont, wont or wont·ed, wont·ing.

to be wont.

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

Synonyms for wont

1. habituated, wonted. 2. use.

Antonyms for wont

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(postpositive) accustomed or habituated (to doing something)
(prenominal) customary; usualshe is in her wonted place



(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
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Word Origin and History for wonted

"accustomed, usual," c.1400, past participle adjective from wont. An unconscious double past participle.



"accustomed," Old English wunod, past participle of wunian "to dwell, be accustomed," from Proto-Germanic *wun- "to be content, to rejoice" (cf. Old Saxon wunon, Old Frisian wonia "to dwell, remain, be used to," Old High German wonen, German wohnen "to dwell;" related to Old English winnan, gewinnan "to win" (see win) and to wean. The noun meaning "habitual usage, custom" is attested from c.1300.

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