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Etymology 1[edit]

want +‎ -er


wanter (plural wanters)

  1. One who wants, or who wants something
    • 1857, Various, The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV.[1]:
      Witless hizzie, e'en 's you like, The ne'er a doit I 'm carin'; But men maun be the first to speak, An' wanters maun be speerin'.
    • 1898, Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, Scottish sketches[2]:
      But if Donald McFarlane wants money, he's got kin that can accommodate him, James; wanters arena always that fortunate.
    • 1921, Various, The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story[3]:
      You see, the trouble with Americans is that they are the greatest wanters of cake after they've eaten it the world has ever seen.

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of want to



  1. Pronunciation spelling of want to.
    • 1901, Henry Lawson, Joe Wilson and His Mates[4]:
      I reckon it weighs about a ton by the weight of it if yer wanter know.
    • 1925, Amy Lowell, Men, Women and Ghosts[5]:
      Here, lift over them crates o' oranges I wanter fix 'em in the winder."
    • 1936-1938, Works Projects Administration, Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2[6]:
      My birthday over, I wanter go right home to Heaven.