Last modified on 24 August 2014, at 19:54


Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wonen (to abide, dwell), from Old English wunian (to dwell, be accustomed to), from Proto-Germanic *wunaną, *wunēną, *wunaijaną (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.

Alternative formsEdit



wone (plural wones)

  1. (obsolete or archaic, poetic) A dwelling.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Volume 2, vii:20 (see also xii:11)
      What secret place (quoth he) can safely hold
      So huge a masse, and hide from heaven's eye?
      Or where hast thou thy wonne, that so much gold
      Thou canst preserve from wrong and robbery?
    • 1748, James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence, I:XXXVII
      On the cool height awhile out Palmers ſtay,
      And ſpite even of themſelves their Senſes chear;
      Then to the Wizard's Wonne their Steps they ſteer.


wone (third-person singular simple present wones, present participle woning, simple past and past participle woned)

  1. (obsolete or archaic, dialectal) To live, reside, stay.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 17
      Then we entered the city and found all who therein woned into black stones enstoned.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Volume 2, iii:18 (see also i:51, vii:49, ix:52, and xii:69)
      For now the best and noblest knight alive
      Prince Arthur is, that wonnes in Faerie Lond;
      He hath a sword, that flames like burning brond.

Etymology 2Edit

Southern variant of wane (dwelling), probably from Old Norse ván.


wone (plural wones)

  1. (obsolete, poetic) A house, home, habitation.

Etymology 3Edit

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).


wone (plural wones)

  1. custom, habit, practice
  2. use, usage





  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of wonen