wan-

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wan-, from Old English wan- (prefix expressing privation or negation), from Proto-Germanic *wanaz (lacking, missing, deficient), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)wAn-, *wān- (empty). Cognate with Dutch wan-, German Wahn-, Danish, Swedish and Icelandic van-, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐍃 (wans, lacking, deficient). More at want.

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

wan-

  1. (no longer productive except in Scotland) Preceding nouns and adjectives with the sense ‘bad, un-
    Examples: wanhope, wanrest, wanton

Derived terms[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch wan-, from wan (lacking, wrong), from Old Dutch *wan, from Proto-Germanic *wanaz. Cognate with Old English wan-.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

wan-

  1. Preceding nouns, verbs and adjectives with the sense ‘bad, un-’.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ J. de Vries & F. de Tollenaere, "Etymologisch Woordenboek", Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1986 (14de druk)

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wanaz (lacking), from Proto-Indo-European *we-no- (absent, lacking, without), *lang-, from Proto-Indo-European *eue- (to leave, abandon). Akin to Old Saxon wan- (Dutch wan-), Old High German wan- (German wahn-), Old Norse van- (Swedish van-), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐍃 (wans, wanting), Old English wanian (to lessen, wane), Latin vānus. More at wane.

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

wan-

  1. Forming nouns and adjectives with the sense provation or negation, ‘lacking, without; un-, wan-’.

Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wanaz (lacking), from Proto-Indo-European *we-no- (absent, lacking, without), *lang-, from Proto-Indo-European *eue- (to leave, abandon).

Prefix[edit]

wan-

  1. Forming nouns and adjectives with the sense provation or negation, ‘lacking, without; un-, wan-’.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wan-. Cognate with German wahn-, Swedish van-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

wan-

  1. Preceding nouns and adjectives with the sense ‘bad, un-
    Examples: wanhope, wanrest