Open main menu

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

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)

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

wem (plural wems)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A spot, stain, or mark; (by extension) a (moral) blemish or fault.
    • 1822, sir Walter Scott (bart [novels, collected]), Historical romances of the author of Waverley, page 513:
      "It is even so," he added, as he gazed on the Sub-Prior with astonishment; "neither wem nor wound — not so much as a rent in his frock!"
    • 1936, Blanche Mary Kelly, The Well of English
      [] but it is a perfect illustration of the vision which haunted Blake all his days,—the vision of Paradise, an earthly Paradise in which there is neither wem nor wrinkle, which basks in the radiance of its own innocence.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (Britain dialectal) Neglect; damage.

Derived termsEdit

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)

  A user has added this entry to requests for verification(+)
If it cannot be verified that this term meets our attestation criteria, it will be deleted. Feel free to edit this entry as normal, but do not remove {{rfv}} until the request has been resolved.
  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).

Derived termsEdit

AnagramsEdit


GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

wem

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

Further readingEdit

  • wem in Duden online