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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English wan-, from Old English wan- (prefix expressing privation or negation), from Proto-Germanic *wanaz (lacking, missing, deficient), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂- (to be lacking, be empty). Cognate with Dutch wan-, German Wahn-, Danish, Swedish and Icelandic van-, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐍃 (wans, lacking, deficient). More at want.

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

wan-

  1. (no longer productive except in Scotland) Preceding nouns and adjectives with the sense ‘bad, un-
    Examples: wanhope, wanrest, wanton

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch wan-, from Old Dutch *wan-, from Proto-Germanic *wana-, a prefixing form of *wanaz.

PrefixEdit

wan-

  1. Preceding nouns, verbs and adjectives with the sense ‘bad, un-’.

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Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *wanaz (lacking), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂- (to be lacking, be empty). Akin to Old Saxon wan- (Dutch wan-), Old High German wan- (German wahn-), Old Norse van- (Swedish van-), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐍃 (wans, wanting), Old English wanian (to lessen, wane), Latin vānus. More at wane.

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

wan-

  1. Forming nouns and adjectives with the sense provation or negation, ‘lacking, without; un-, wan-’.

Old SaxonEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *wanaz (lacking), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂- (to be lacking, be empty)..

PrefixEdit

wan-

  1. Forming nouns and adjectives with the sense provation or negation, ‘lacking, without; un-, wan-’.

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English wan-. Cognate with German wahn-, Swedish van-.

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

wan-

  1. Preceding nouns and adjectives with the sense ‘bad, un-
    Examples: wanhope, wanrest