- Wont means accustomed or used to.
An example of wont used as an adjective is in the phrase, "wont to desire ice cream," which means likely to want some ice cream.
- The definition of wont is a practice or something that is usually done.
An example of a wont is the baptizing of a baby in a Catholic family.
- Wont is defined as to be used to doing something or to get used to doing something.
An example of to wont is to be used to waking up each morning at 6 a.m.
Origin of wontMiddle English wunt, woned, past participle of wunien, to be accustomed, dwell from Old English wunian, akin to German wohnen, to dwell: for Indo-European base see win
Origin of wontprob. altered (based on the adj.) < ME wune, custom, habit < OE (ge)wuna
transitive verb, or wont′ed, wont′ing
- Accustomed or used: “The poor man is wont to complain that this is a cold world” ( Henry David Thoreau )
- Likely: chaotic as holidays are wont to be.
verbwont, or wont·ed wont·ing, wonts Archaic
Origin of wontMiddle English past participle of wonen to be used to, dwell ; see won 1.
Usage Note: The most traditionally correct pronunciations of wont are (wōnt), the common pronunciation in Britain, sounding like the contraction won't, and (wŭnt), the historic American pronunciation, rhyming with hunt. However, the most common form of wont in contemporary American speech is probably (wônt), which to most people's ears sounds similar to (or even identical with) the word want. This (wônt) pronunciation may in fact be motivated by a confusion of the meanings of wont and want, both of which have to do with personal inclination. In any case, all three of these pronunciations are acceptable, though the historic (wŭnt) pronunciation may strike some listeners as odd or affected.
(usually uncountable, plural wonts)
Origin uncertain: apparently a conflation of wone and wont (participle adjective, below).
- (archaic) Accustomed or used (to or with a thing).
- (designating habitual behaviour) Accustomed, apt (to doing something).
- He is wont to complain loudly about his job.
- Like a 60-yard Percy Harvin touchdown run or a Joe Haden interception return, Urban Meyer's jaw-dropping resignation Saturday was, as he's wont to say, “a game-changer." "” Sunday December 27, 2009, Stewart Mandel, INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Meyer's shocking resignation rocks college coaching landscape
(third-person singular simple present wonts, present participle wonting, simple past and past participle wonted)
- (archaic) To make (someone) used to; to accustom.
- (intransitive, archaic) To be accustomed.
Old English Ä¡ewunod, past participle of Ä¡ewunian.