Origin of Westen
From Middle English, from Old English wēsten (“a desert, waste”), from Proto-Germanic *wōstinjō (“a waste, wilderness”), from Proto-Indo-European *wāsto- (“empty, wasted”). Cognate with West Frisian woastyn (“desert”), Eastern Frisian wustenej (“desert”), Dutch woestijn (“desert”), French gâtine (“wasteland, moor”) (from Germanic), Middle High German wuostinne (“desert, wilderness”) (German Wüste (“desert”)). More at westy, waste.
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