- 1748, James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence, I:XXXVII
- On the cool height awhile out Palmers ſtay,
- And ſpite even of themſelves their Senſes chear;
- Then to the Wizard's Wonne their Steps they ſteer.
(third-person singular simple present wones, present participle woning, simple past and past participle woned)
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Volume 2, iii:18 (see also i:51, vii:49, ix:52, and xii:69)
- For now the best and noblest knight alive
- Prince Arthur is, that wonnes in Faerie Lond;
- He hath a sword, that flames like burning brond.
From Middle English wonen (“to abide, dwell”), from Old English wunian (“to dwell, be accustomed to”), from Proto-Germanic *wunaną, *wunēną, *wunaijaną (“to love, wish”), from Proto-Indo-European *wenə- (“to wish, love”). Cognate with Dutch wonen (“to dwell”), German wohnen (“to live, dwell”). Related to wont, wean.
Southern variant of wane (“dwelling”), probably from Old Norse ván.