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[wawnt, wohnt, wuhnt] /wɔnt, woʊnt, wʌnt/ Archaic or Literary.
accustomed; used (usually followed by an infinitive):
He was wont to rise at dawn.
custom; habit; practice:
It was her wont to walk three miles before breakfast.
verb (used with object), wont, wont or wonted, wonting.
to accustom (a person), as to a thing:
That summer wonted me to a lifetime of early rising.
to render (a thing) customary or usual (usually used passively).
verb (used without object), wont, wont or wonted, wonting.
to be wont.
Origin of wont
1300-50; (adj.) Middle English wont, woned, Old English gewunod, past participle of gewunian to be used to (see won2); cognate with German gewöhnt; (v.) Middle English, back formation from wonted or wont (past participle); (noun) apparently from conflation of wont (past participle) with obsolete wone wish, in certain stereotyped phrases
Related forms
wontless, adjective
Can be confused
want, wont.
won't, wont.
1. habituated, wonted. 2. use.
1. unaccustomed.


[wohnt, wuhnt] /woʊnt, wʌnt/
contraction of will not:
He won't see you now.
Can be confused
won't, wont.
Usage note Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wont
  • When they retire, and they have already started, they wont decide to retire and sell everything and go to cash.
  • Part of me doesnt buy it because you can put other objects in coke and they wont do the same thing.
  • Moderate honors are wont to augment, but immoderate to diminish.
  • Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion.
  • Less so for the people, but it can be argued that people squandering their savings on gambling are wont to do so elsewhere anyway.
  • The last sentence of this article sums it up well: auditor rotation wont make much of a difference.
  • In times of uncertainty, the regime is wont to appeal to nationalist sentiment.
  • If its too cold he wont go outside but in the laundry room.
  • People wont want to buy a product if they think it will make them sick.
  • In addition she soiled her crate and seems a bit sad and now she wont go near it.
British Dictionary definitions for wont


(postpositive) accustomed (to doing something): he was wont to come early
a manner or action habitually employed by or associated with someone (often in the phrases as is my wont, as is his wont, etc)
(when transitive, usually passive) to become or cause to become accustomed
Word Origin
Old English gewunod, past participle of wunian to be accustomed to; related to Old High German wunēn (German wohnen), Old Norse una to be satisfied; see wean1, wish, winsome


will not
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Word Origin and History for wont

"accustomed," Old English wunod, past participle of wunian "to dwell, be accustomed," from Proto-Germanic *wun- "to be content, to rejoice" (cf. Old Saxon wunon, Old Frisian wonia "to dwell, remain, be used to," Old High German wonen, German wohnen "to dwell;" related to Old English winnan, gewinnan "to win" (see win) and to wean. The noun meaning "habitual usage, custom" is attested from c.1300.


contraction of will not, first recorded mid-15c. as wynnot, later wonnot (1580s) before the modern form emerged 1660s. See will.

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