See also: won't



Etymology 1Edit

Origin uncertain: apparently a conflation of wone and wont (participle adjective, below).


wont ‎(usually uncountable, plural wonts)

  1. One’s habitual way of doing things, practice, custom.
    He awoke at the crack of dawn, as was his wont.
    • Milton
      They are [] to be called out to their military motions, under sky or covert, according to the season, as was the Roman wont.
    • 2006, Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red:
      With a simple-minded desire, and to rid my mind of this irrepressible urge, I retired to a corner of the room, as was my wont [...]
    • 1920, James Brown Scott, The United States of America: A Study in International Organization, page 142:
      As was also the wont of international conferences, a delegate from Pennsylvania, in this instance James Wilson, proposed the appointment of a secretary and nominated William Temple Franklin
    • 1914, Items of interest - Page 83:
      Such conditions, having been the common practice for years, and, existing in a less degree in some localities to the present time, afford a tangible reason for a form of correlation that is more universal than it is the wont of the profession to admit [...]

Etymology 2Edit

Old English ġewunod, past participle of ġewunian.


wont ‎(not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Accustomed or used (to or with a thing).
    • Shakespeare
      I have not that alacrity of spirit, / Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XI, The Abbot’s Ways
      He could read English Manuscripts very elegantly, elegantissime: he was wont to preach to the people in the English tongue, though according to the dialect of Norfolk, where he had been brought up []
  2. (designating habitual behaviour) Accustomed, apt (to doing something).
    He is wont to complain loudly about his job.
    Like a 60-yard Percy Harvin touchdown run or a Joe Haden interception return, Urban Meyer’s jaw-dropping resignation Saturday was, as he’s wont to say, “a game-changer.” — Sunday December 27, 2009, Stewart Mandel, INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Meyer’s shocking resignation rocks college coaching landscape
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wont ‎(third-person singular simple present wonts, present participle wonting, simple past and past participle wonted)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To make (someone) used to; to accustom.
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To be accustomed.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.2:
      But by record of antique times I finde / That wemen wont in warres to beare most sway [...].


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