- 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.
Customary practice; usage. See Synonyms at habit
or wont·ed wont·ing, wonts Archaic
To make accustomed to.
To be in the habit of doing something.
Origin of wont
Middle 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)
- One's habitual way of doing things, practice, custom.
- He awoke at the crack of dawn, as was his wont.
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.