From Middle English wenen, from Old English wenian (“to accustom; habituate; train; prepare; make fit”), from Proto-Germanic *wanjaną (“to make wont; accustom”), from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (“to strive for; wish; love”). Cognate with Dutch wennen, German gewöhnen, Danish vænne, Swedish vänja, Icelandic venja. Related via PIE to wone, wont, and wonder, and perhaps win.
wean (third-person singular simple present weans, present participle weaning, simple past and past participle weaned)
- (transitive) To cease giving milk to an offspring; to accustom and reconcile (a child or young animal) to a want or deprivation of mother's milk; to take from the breast or udder.
- (intransitive) To cease to depend on the mother for nourishment.
- (transitive, by extension) To cause to quit something to which one is addicted or habituated.
- (intransitive, by extension) To cease to depend.
Blend of wee + ane.
wean (plural weans)
- (Scotland, Ulster) A small child.