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 wonting

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
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