From Proto-Germanic *mainijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *mein-, *moin- (“intention, opinion”). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian mēna ‘signify’, Old Saxon mēnian (Dutch menen ‘intend, make known’), Old High German meinen (German meinen ‘have an opinion’). The Indo-European root is also the source of Old Irish mían ‘wish, desire’, Old Church Slavonic мӗнити (Polish mienić ‘signify, believe’). Sense 5 may be a separate word.
- IPA: /ˈmæːnɑn/
mǣnan (weak class 1)
- to mean, to intend (to do something)
- to mean, to intend (something for a specific purpose)
- to mean, to signify, to indicate
- to say, to relate
- to mourn or lament