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A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.
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See also wēn, wén, wěn, and wèn

English

Pronunciation

Rhymes: -ɛn

Homophones

Etymology 1

Old English wenn

Noun

Singular
wen

Plural
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wen ({{{1}}})
  1. a cyst on the skin

Quotations

1854
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  • 1854w:Henry David Thoreau, w:Walden, Walden
    When I have met an immigrant tottering under a bundle which contained his all--looking like an enormous wen which had grown out of the nape of his neck--I have pitied him, not because that was his all, but because he had all that to carry.
    • 1973: Creeps, foreigners with tinted, oily skin, wens, sties, cysts, wheezes, bad teeth, limps, staring or—worse—with Strange Faraway Smiles. — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
Translations

Etymology 2

Old English wynn

Noun

Singular
wen

Plural
-

wen (-)
  1. a runic letter later replaced by w

Dutch

Verb form

wen

  1. First person singular present tense of wennen.

German

Pronunciation

Pronoun

wen

  1. (interrogative) accusative of wer, who(m) (direct object).

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

wen

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, wēn, wén, wěn, or wèn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *wǣniz, from Indo-European *wen- ‘love’. Cogante with Old Frisian wen, Old Saxon wan, Old High German wān (German Wahn ‘delusion’), Old Norse ván, Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌽𐍃.

Pronunciation

Noun

wēn f.

  1. hope, belief
  2. expectation, likelihood

Declension

Singular Plural
nominative wēn wēna, -e
accusative wēn, -e wēna, -e
genitive wēne wēna
dative wēne wēnum


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