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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete 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.
- 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)
“McCoy looked thoughtful, then said, "What's a wanion?”
“But, as he pressed upon her with a violence, of which the object could not be mistaken, and endeavoured to secure her right hand, she exclaimed, “Take it then, with a wanion to you!” — and struck him an almost stunning blow on the face, with the pebble which she held ready for such an extremity.”
“I would worthy and learned Doctor Rochecliffe had been here, with his battery ready-mounted from the Vulgate, and the Septuagint, and what not — he would have battered the presbyterian spirit out of him with a wanion.”
“But, as he pressed upon her with a violence, of which the object could not be mistaken, and endeavoured to secure her right hand, she exclaimed, "Take it then, with a wanion to you!”
“Look how thou stirrest now! come away, or I'll fetch thee with a wanion.”
“I saw how it had been betwixt you, and I sent him out of my company with a wanion — I would rather have a rifler on my perch than a false knave at my elbow — and now, Master Roland, tell me what way wing ye?””
“ [Old copy, _knew_.]  [See Hazlitt's "Proverbs," 1869, p. 478.]  [Mr Collier printed _not_.]  [Mr Collier printed _only man alive_.]  [This and the next line of the dialogue are given in the old copy to Hermione.]  [By.]  [Old copy, pit_.]  _With a wanion_ seems to have been equivalent to "with a witness," or sometimes to "with a curse," but the origin of it is uncertain.”
“Bide doun, with a mischief to ye — bide doun, with a wanion,” cried the king, almost overturned by the obstreperous caresses of the large stag-hounds.”
“O Ppt, I remember your reprimanding me for meddling in other people’s affairs: I have enough of it now, with a wanion. [”
“O Ppt, I remember your reprimanding me for meddling in other people's affairs: I have enough of it now, with a wanion. [”
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