from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling.
- transitive v. To detach from that to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: She weaned herself from cigarettes.
- transitive v. To accustom to something from an early age. Often used with on: "The northerners among the refugees ... were weaned on harsh weather and infertile soils and are known for their rigorous work ethic” ( Lowell Weiss).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cease giving milk to an offspring.
- v. To quit from something to which one is addicted or habituated.
- v. To cease to depend on the mother for nourishment.
- v. To cease to depend.
- n. A small child.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To accustom and reconcile, as a child or other young animal, to a want or deprivation of mother's milk; to take from the breast or udder; to cause to cease to depend on the mother nourishment.
- transitive v. Hence, to detach or alienate the affections of, from any object of desire; to reconcile to the want or loss of anything.
- n. A weanling; a young child.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To accustom (a child or young animal) to nourishment or food other than its mother's milk; disaccustom to the mother's breast: as, to wean a child.
- To detach or alienate, as the affections, from any object of desire; reconcile to the want or loss of something; disengage from any habit, former pursuit, or enjoyment: as, to wean the heart from temporal enjoyments.
- n. An infant; a weanling.
- n. A child; a boy or girl of tender age.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. detach the affections of
- v. gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
Middle English wenen, from Old English wenian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wenian. (Wiktionary)
Blend of wee and ane. (Wiktionary)