ween

verb
\ ˈwēn How to pronounce ween (audio) \
weened; weening; weens

Definition of ween

transitive verb

archaic
: to hold as an opinion : suppose, believe Little did he ween that these wretched rags he now wore, were but suitable to that long career of destitution before him …— Herman Melville Since primal Man was fashioned / To people ice and stones, / No pair, I ween, had ever been / Such chums as I and JONES.— P. G. Wodehouse

First Known Use of ween

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ween

Middle English wenen, from Old English wēnan; akin to Old Norse væna to hope and probably to Latin venus love, charm — more at win

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“Ween.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ween. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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