wayne

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Wayne, which sounds somewhat similar to German wen (“whom”, pronounced [veːn] or [ʋeːn]). The sense is derived from trick questions of the sort: „Kennst du Wayne?“ – ? – „Wayne interessiert’s.“, that is: wen interessiert's. (“Do you know Wayne?” – ? – “Wayne cares.” [= “Who cares.”])

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

wayne

  1. (youth slang) who cares
    Helmut Schmidt ist tot. — Ach, wayne.
    Helmut Schmidt is dead. — Ah, who cares.

Synonyms[edit]


Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English wæġn.

Noun[edit]

wayne

  1. Alternative form of wayn (wagon)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Northern French waigne.

Noun[edit]

wayne

  1. Alternative form of wayn (gain)

Etymology 3[edit]

From wayn.

Verb[edit]

wayne

  1. Alternative form of waynen (move by wagon)

Etymology 4[edit]

From Old Norse vegna.

Verb[edit]

wayne

  1. Alternative form of waynen (depart)