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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dwelling.
  • v. To live, reside, stay.
  • n. A house, home, habitation.
  • n. custom, habit, practise
  • n. use, usage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To dwell; to abide.
  • n. Dwelling; habitation; abode.
  • n. Custom; habit; wont; use; usage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See won.


From Middle English wonen ("to abide, dwell"), from Old English wunian ("to dwell, be accustomed to"), from Proto-Germanic *wunanan, *wunēnan, *wunajanan (“to love, wish”), from Proto-Indo-European *wenə- (“to wish, love”). Cognate with Dutch wonen ("to dwell"), German wohnen ("to live, dwell"). Related to wont, wean. (Wiktionary)
Southern variant of wane ("dwelling"), probably from Old Norse ván. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English wone ("custom, habit"), from Old English wuna ("custom, habit, practise, ritual"), from Proto-Germanic *wunô (“practise”), from Proto-Germanic *wun- (“to wish, love”), from Proto-Indo-European *wenə- (“to wish, love”). (Wiktionary)



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