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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wem, wemme, from Old English wamm(stain, spot, scar, disgrace, defect, defilement, sin, evil, crime, injury, loss, hurt, misfortune), from Proto-Germanic *wammaz(stain, spot), from Proto-Indo-European *wemh₁-(to spew, vomit). Cognate with Icelandic vamm(loss, damage), Latin vomō(vomit, verb) (English vomit), Ancient Greek ἐμέω(eméō, I spew) (English emesis), Lithuanian vemti(to vomit), Sanskrit वमति(vamati, to vomit)

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NounEdit

wem ‎(plural wems)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A spot; stain; mark; scar; weal; bruise.
  2. (Britain dialectal) A (moral) blemish; fault; blemish; taint.
  3. (Britain dialectal) Neglect; damage.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English wemmen, from Old English wemman(to defile, besmirch, profane, injure, ill-treat, destroy, abuse, revile), from Proto-Germanic *wammijaną(to stain), from Proto-Indo-European *wem-(to spew, vomit).

VerbEdit

wem ‎(third-person singular simple present wems, present participle wemming, simple past and past participle wemmed)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To injure or disfigure; blemish; mark; scar.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To defile; pollute; corrupt; vitiate.
  3. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To violate (one's word).

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wem

  1. (interrogative) dative of wer, (to) whom (indirect object).

External linksEdit

  • wem in Duden online