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- n. the wane of the moon
- n. curse
- n. vengeance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word of uncertain signification, used only in the phrase with a wanion, apparently equivalent to with a vengeance, with a plague, or with misfortune.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word found only in the phrases with a wanion, in the wanton, and wantons on you, generally interpreted to denote some kind of im precation.
- n. “With a vengeance”; energetically; vehemently; emphatically; hence, in short order; summarily.
Alteration of earlier waniand, from Middle English waniand ("waning"), present participle of wanien ("to wane") (from the phrase "in the waniand [moon]", i.e. in the time of the waning moon, in an unlucky stound). (Wiktionary)