[ wawn-tid, wohn-, wuhn- ]
/ ˈwɔn tɪd, ˈwoʊn-, ˈwʌn- /


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 forms

wont·ed·ly, adverbwont·ed·ness, noun

Definition for wonted (2 of 2)

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 forms

wont·less, adjective

Can be confused

want wontwon't wont
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British Dictionary definitions for wonted (1 of 2)


/ (ˈwəʊntɪd) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for wonted (2 of 2)


/ (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
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