from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wane; waste; pine; wither.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wane; waste; pine; wither.


From Middle English wansen ("to decrease, diminish"), from Old English wansian ("to diminish"), from Proto-Germanic *wansōnan, *wanisōnan (“to lessen”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)wAn-, *wān- (“empty”). Cognate with Old Norse vansa ("to do too little"), Old Norse vansi ("lack, want"). More at wane. (Wiktionary)


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