wanna

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See also: wanną

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɑ.nə/, /ˈwʌnə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒnə

Etymology 1[edit]

Written form of a reduction of want a, used informally in most English dialects.

Contraction[edit]

wanna

  1. Eye dialect spelling of want a.
    I wanna puppy!

Etymology 2[edit]

Written form of a reduction of want to, used informally in most English dialects.

Contraction[edit]

wanna

  1. Eye dialect spelling of want to.
    I wanna go home!
Usage notes[edit]

Much more common in first and second person and third person plural (“I wanna”, “you wanna”, "we wanna", etc.) than in third person singular (“he wanna”, “she wanna”), and subjectively judged as flatly incorrect for third person.[1] However, all forms find some use, particularly in song lyrics.

Rejection of third person singular affirmative *“he wanna” and *“she wanna” can be explained by “want to” reducing to wanna, but “wants to” not doing so, instead being pronounced approximately as “wants ta”. This objection does not arise in the negative (“he doesn’t wanna”, “she doesn’t wanna”), due to the absence of -s in the negative: “he does not want to”, “she does not want to”, and these forms are both common and unobjectionable.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ He Wanna Be Adored”, Crooked Timber, Brian Weatherson, January 30, 2004

See also[edit]


Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vannus.

Noun[edit]

wanna f

  1. tub

Descendants[edit]


Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from early Modern High German Wanne or its Middle High German etymon.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wanna f

  1. bath, bathtub

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • wanna in Polish dictionaries at PWN