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Definition wean

Etymology 1

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)

  1. (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.
  2. (intransitive) To cease to depend on the mother for nourishment.
  3. (transitive, by extension) To cause to quit something to which one is addicted or habituated.
  4. (intransitive, by extension) To cease to depend.

Etymology 2

Blend of wee +‎ ane.


wean (plural weans)

  1. (Scotland, Ulster) A small child.

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