- In a period of decline or decrease:
- waning, declining, decreasing, etc.
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Origin of Wane
The noun is derived from Old English wana (“defect, shortage"); the verb, from Old English wanian via Middle English wanien. Both ultimately trace to a Germanic root *wano-, compare also Dutch waan (“insanity") and German Wahn (“insanity") deprecated defect, Old Norse vanr (“lacking") (> Danish prefix van-, only found in compounds), Latin vanus, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐍃 (wans, “missing, lacking"), Albanian vonÃ« (“late, futile, mentally retarded"), Armenian Õ¸Ö‚Õ¶Õ¡ÕµÕ¶ (unayn, “empty"), Old Saxon and Old High German wanon (“to decrease"), Modern Dutch weinig (“a few"), Modern German weniger (“less"), comparative of wenig (“few") ("-ig" being a derivatem suffix, "-er" the suffix of comparatives).
Middle English wōne, wāne (“dwelling," "custom"), of unclear origins, compare wont.
Middle English wanen from Old English wanian euə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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