Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A spot; stain; mark; scar; weal; bruise.
  • n. A (moral) blemish; fault; blemish; taint.
  • n. Neglect; damage.
  • v. To injure or disfigure; blemish; mark; scar.
  • v. To defile; pollute; corrupt; vitiate.
  • v. To violate (one's word).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The abdomen; the uterus; the womb.
  • n. Spot; blemish; harm; hurt.
  • transitive v. To stain; to blemish; to harm; to corrupt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spot; scar; fault; blemish; taint.
  • n. A spot; scar; fault; blemish; taint.
  • To corrupt; vitiate.
  • n. The belly; the wame.
  • An old form of warn.

Etymologies

From Middle English wem, wemme, from Old English wamm ("stain, spot, scar, disgrace, defect, defilement, sin, evil, crime, injury, loss, hurt, misfortune"), from Proto-Germanic *wammaz (“stain, spot”), from Proto-Indo-European *wem- (“to spew, vomit”). Cognate with Icelandic vamm ("loss, damage"), Latin vomō ("vomit", v) (English vomit), Ancient Greek ἐμέω (eméō, "I spew") (English emesis), Lithuanian vemti ("to vomit"), Sanskrit वमति (vamati, "to vomit") (Wiktionary)
From Middle English wemmen, from Old English wemman ("to defile, besmirch, profane, injure, ill-treat, destroy, abuse, revile"), from Proto-Germanic *wammijanan (“to stain”), from Proto-Indo-European *wem- (“to spew, vomit”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sub – Prior with astonishment; “neither wem nor wound — not as much as a rent in his frock!”

    The Monastery

  • Be of good cheer, you will come off without either scar or scratch, wem or wound.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Ai felt saem way wem mai kitteh Mouche went ober teh rainbo brij.

    My cute innocent face - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • "What if I wem to say that your good will would be sufficient?"

    Sign of Chaos

  • Also maidenhood of body without wem is common to them all, and so is birth also.

    Mediaeval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus

  • I sang "Ein Jungling liebt ein Mädchen," of Schumann, and when I came to the line, "Und wem das just passieret, dem bricht das Herz entzwei," I heard a mournful sigh.

    In the Courts of Memory, 1858 1875; from Contemporary Letters

  • If you cannot arrange with Czerny to bring Carl home, he must not go at all; “trau, schau, wem!”

    Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826

  • While he was in the house, Anna Vassilyevna did not see Elena, and had to be content with Zoya, who waited on her very devotedly, but kept thinking to herself: '_Diesen Insarof vorziehen -- und wem?

    On the Eve

  • But no sooner had the knights resumed their station, than the clamour of applause was hushed into a silence, so deep and so dead, that it seemed the multitude wem afraid even to breathe.

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • Sub-Prior as well as his chains would permit; "nay, then, I will never trust ashen shaft and steel point more -- It is even so," he added, as he gazed on the Sub-Prior with astonishment; "neither wem nor wound -- not as much as a rent in his frock!"

    The Monastery

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  • Heeres a wench (said he) of as cleare a skin as Susanna, shee hath not a wemme on her flesh from the soale of the foote to the crowne of the head: how thinke you master doctor, will shee not serue the turne?

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    April 14, 2010

  • Noun: A stain, flaw, or scar.

    October 3, 2008