From Middle English wayn, from Old English wæġn, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *woǵʰnos, from *weǵʰ- (“to bring, transport”). Cognate with West Frisian wein, Dutch wagen, German Wagen, Danish vogn, Norwegian vogn, Swedish vagn. Doublet of wagon, a borrowing from Dutch.
wain (plural wains)
- (archaic or literary) A wagon; a four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pulled by horses or oxen.
- "The Hay Wain" is a famous painting by John Constable.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:wain.
- Misspelling of .
- As the auto industry is waining away, the city is looking for something new. 
- Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)
- Alternative form of