See also: Wollen

Dutch edit

Etymology edit

From wol +‎ -en.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɔlə(n)/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: wol‧len
  • Rhymes: -ɔlən

Adjective edit

wollen (not comparable)

  1. woolen, woollen

Inflection edit

Declension of wollen
uninflected wollen
inflected wollen
indefinite m./f. sing. wollen
n. sing. wollen
plural wollen
definite wollen

Descendants edit

  • Afrikaans: wolle

German edit

Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle High German wullīn, wüllīn, from Old High German wullīn, from Proto-Germanic *wullīnaz (woolen), equivalent to Wolle +‎ -en.

Adjective edit

wollen (strong nominative masculine singular wollener, not comparable)

  1. (relational) wool; woolen, woollen
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle High German wollen, wöllen, wullen, wellen, from Old High German wollen, wellen, from a blend of Proto-West Germanic *willjan and *walljan, from Proto-Germanic *wiljaną and *waljaną, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *welh₁-.

Compare Low German willen, Dutch willen, English will, West Frisian wolle, Danish ville, Swedish vilja. See also wählen.

Verb edit

wollen (preterite-present, third-person singular present will, past tense wollte, past participle gewollt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) to want; to wish; to desire; to demand
    Ich will doch nur das Beste.I want only the best.
  2. (intransitive with dass) to want (someone else to do something)
    Ich will, dass du gehst.I want you to go.
  3. (auxiliary) to want (to do something)
    Ich will gehen.I want to go.
  4. (auxiliary) to intend, to mean
    Ich wollte dich nicht erschrecken.I did not mean to scare you.
Usage notes edit
  • As a modal verb, the past participle gewollt is used when wollen is not used as an auxiliary verb: Das habe ich nie gewollt. (I have never wanted that.) However, when used as an auxiliary verb, wollen remains in its infinitive form: Wenn er das hätte sagen wollen, hätte er es getan. (If he had wanted to say that, he would have done so.) This is referred to as a "double infinitive" construction.
Conjugation edit

Additional forms include willt.

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Middle English edit

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Etymology edit

From Old English wyllen, with influence from wolle, from Proto-Germanic *wullīnaz; thus equalling wolle +‎ -en (made of).

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit


  1. Made of wool fibers or fabric spun therefrom.

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Noun edit

wollen (uncountable)

  1. Woollen fabric; fabric made out of woollen thread.
  2. Woollen clothing; woolwear or woolens.

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