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  • 121 venereal — [15] Latin venus meant ‘love, charm’ (it came ultimately from the same Indo European base as produced English wish and winsome and Sanskrit vānchā ‘wish’). It was not that common as a generic term, its most familiar role being as the name of the… …

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  • 122 wean — [OE] The etymological notion underlying wean is of ‘becoming accustomed’. The specialization to ‘making accustomed to food other than mother’s milk’ is a secondary development. The word comes from a prehistoric Germanic *wanjan (source also of… …

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  • 123 wish — [OE] Wish comes from a prehistoric Germanic *wunskjan, which also produced German wünschen, Swedish önska, and Danish ønske. Its ultimate ancestor is the Indo European base *wun , *wen , *won , source also of English wean, ween ‘think, suppose’… …

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  • 124 win´some|ness — win|some «WIHN suhm», adjective. 1. charming; attractive; pleasing: »a winsome girl, a winsome smile. 2. Dialect. cheerful; joyous; gay. ╂[Old English wynsum agreeable, pleasant < …

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  • 125 win´some|ly — win|some «WIHN suhm», adjective. 1. charming; attractive; pleasing: »a winsome girl, a winsome smile. 2. Dialect. cheerful; joyous; gay. ╂[Old English wynsum agreeable, pleasant < …

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  • 126 win|some — «WIHN suhm», adjective. 1. charming; attractive; pleasing: »a winsome girl, a winsome smile. 2. Dialect. cheerful; joyous; gay. ╂[Old English wynsum agreeable, pleasant < …

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  • 127 -some — ( s[u^]m). [AS. sum; akin to G. & OHG. sam, Icel. samr, Goth. lustusams longed for. See {Same}, a., and cf. {Some}, a.] An adjective suffix having primarily the sense of like or same, and indicating a considerable degree of the thing or quality… …

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  • 128 Wan — Win Win, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Won}, Obs. {Wan}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Winning}.] [OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel.… …

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  • 129 Ween — Ween, v. i. [OE. wenen, AS. w?nan, fr. w?n hope, expectation, opinion; akin to D. waan, OFries. w?n, OS. & OHG. w[=a]n, G. wahn delusion, Icel. v[=a]n hope, expectation, Goth. w?ns, and D. wanen to fancy, G. w[ a]hnen, Icel. v[=a]na to hope, Goth …

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  • 130 Win — Win, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Won}, Obs. {Wan}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Winning}.] [OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel. vinna… …

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  • 131 Winning — Win Win, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Won}, Obs. {Wan}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Winning}.] [OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel.… …

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  • 132 Winsing — Win sing, a. Winsome. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 133 Winsomeness — Win some*ness, n. The characteristic of being winsome; attractiveness of manner. J. R. Green. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 134 Wish — Wish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wishing}.] [OE. wischen, weschen, wuschen, AS. w?scan; akin to D. wenschen, G. w[ u]nschen, Icel. [ae]eskja, Dan. [ o]nske, Sw. [ o]nska; from AS. w?sc a wish; akin to OD. & G. wunsch, OHG.… …

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  • 135 Wished — Wish Wish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wishing}.] [OE. wischen, weschen, wuschen, AS. w?scan; akin to D. wenschen, G. w[ u]nschen, Icel. [ae]eskja, Dan. [ o]nske, Sw. [ o]nska; from AS. w?sc a wish; akin to OD. & G. wunsch, OHG …

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  • 136 Wishing — Wish Wish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wishing}.] [OE. wischen, weschen, wuschen, AS. w?scan; akin to D. wenschen, G. w[ u]nschen, Icel. [ae]eskja, Dan. [ o]nske, Sw. [ o]nska; from AS. w?sc a wish; akin to OD. & G. wunsch, OHG …

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  • 137 Won — Win Win, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Won}, Obs. {Wan}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Winning}.] [OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel.… …

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  • 138 lovesome — adjective Date: before 12th century 1. winsome, lovely 2. affectionate, amorous …

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  • 139 tableau — noun (plural tableaux; also tableaus) Etymology: French, from Middle French tablel, diminutive of table, from Old French Date: 1660 1. a graphic description or representation ; picture < winsome tableaux of old fashioned literary days J. D. Hart… …

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  • 140 wynn — or wyn; also wen noun Etymology: Old English wynn, literally, joy more at winsome Date: before 12th century a runic letter used in Old English and Middle English to represent the consonant w …

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