An example of wane is the declining popularity and career of an old movie star.
An example of to wane is for the visible face of the moon to appear to be gradually growing smaller over many nights, changing from a full round shape to a thin crescent shape.
Interest in the subject waned.
The day began to wane.
The day wanes.
- In a period of decline or decrease:
- waning, declining, decreasing, etc.
Origin of wane
- Middle English wanen from Old English wanian euə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 ð…ðŒ°ðŒ½ðƒ (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 wÅne, wÄne (“dwelling," "custom"), of unclear origins, compare wont.