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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Definitions for wanion

  1. Archaic. curse; vengeance.

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Citations for wanion
"Marry, come up with a wanion!" cried Friar Tuck, bustling forward and thrusting himself in front of the Bishop; "Marry come up, I say!" and he snapped his fingers under the Bishop's nose… Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire, 1883
"Peace, dame, with a wanion to ye!" said Raoul. "Will you think of your own old sinful carcass, when you should be saving your sweet young mistress from shame and oppression?" Sir Walter Scott, The Betrothed, 1825
Origin of wanion
Wanion entered English in the mid-1500s. It's an alteration of the Middle English waniand and comes from the Middle English phrase in the waniand mone, literally meaning "in the time of the waning moon." Figuratively, this means "in an unluckly hour."