from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Old English rune having the sound (w) and used in Old English and early Middle English writing.

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  • n. a letter of the Old English alphabet, borrowed from the futhark and used to represent the sound of w; replaced in Middle English times by the digraph uu, which later developed into the letter w.
  • n. A kind of timber truck, or carriage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of timber truck, or carriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of timber truck or carriage.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Old English; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.

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Old English ƿynn ("joy, pleasure"), from Common Germanic *wunjō, from Proto-Indo-European *wn-yeH₂, derived from *wen- ("desire").


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