Origin of weenMiddle English wenen from Old English wenan, akin to German wähnen from Indo-European base an unverified form wen-, to desire, attain from source win, wean, Classical Latin venus, love
transitive verbweened, ween·ing, weens Archaic
Origin of weenMiddle English wenen from Old English wēnan ; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English wene, from Old English wÄ“n, wÄ“na (“hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ“niz, *wÄ“nÇ (“hope, expectation"), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win"). Cognate with German Wahn (“illusion, false hope").
From Middle English wenen, from Old English wÄ“nan, from Proto-Germanic *wÄ“nijanÄ…. Cognate with Dutch wanen, German wÃ¤hnen.