before 1000; Middle English warnen, Old English warnian;
cognate with German warnen.
warner, nounprewarn, verb (used with object)rewarn, verb (used with object)unwarned, adjectivewell-warned, adjective
forewarn. Warn, caution, admonish
imply attempting to prevent another from running into danger or getting into unpleasant or undesirable circumstances. To warn
is to speak plainly and usually in strong terms: to warn him about danger and possible penalties.
is to advise about necessary precautions, to put one on one's guard about possibly harmful circumstances or conditions, thus emphasizing avoidance of undesirable consequences: to caution him against driving in such weather. Admonish
suggests giving earnest, authoritative advice with only tacit references to danger or penalty: to admonish a person for neglecting his duties.