weened; weening; weens

transitive verb

: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ween was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ween.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ween. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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