Definitions

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  • v. To accustom to bad habits; spoil by indulgence; pamper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To accustom to bad habits; spoil by indulgence; pamper.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forwenien, forwanien, from Old English *forwenian ("to spoil"), from Proto-Germanic *frawanjanan (“to spoil”), equivalent to for- +‎ wean. Compare Middle Low German vorwenen ("to forwean"), German verwöhnen ("to spoil, pamper, indulge"), Danish forvænne ("to indulge").

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