AskDefine | Define wen

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wen \Wen\ (w[e^]n), n. [AS. wenn; akin to D. wen, LG. wenne.] (Med.) An indolent, encysted tumor of the skin; especially, a sebaceous cyst. [1913 Webster]
Wyn \Wyn\, Wynn \Wynn\, n. Also Wen \Wen\ [AS. w[=e]n.] One of the runes (?) adopted into the Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, alphabet. It had the value of modern English w, and was replaced from about a. d. 1280 at first by uu, later by w.

Word Net

wen n : a common cyst of the skin; filled with fatty matter (sebum) that is secreted by a sebaceous gland that has been blocked [syn: sebaceous cyst, pilar cyst, steatocystoma]

English

Pronunciation

  • , /wɛn/, /wEn/
Rhymes with: -ɛn

Homophones

Etymology 1

Old English wenn

Noun

  1. a cyst on the skin
    • 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

a cyst on the skin
  • Finnish: rakkula, rakko, kysta
  • Korean: (hog, hok)
  • Russian: жировик

Etymology 2

Old English wynn

Noun

  1. a runic letter later replaced by w

Dutch

Verb form

wen
  1. First person singular present tense of wennen.

German

Pronunciation

[veːn]

Pronoun

wen
  1. 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 , 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

/weːn/

Noun

Declension

Descendants

The term Wen may refer to:

See also

wen in German: WEN
wen in French: WEN
wen in Italian: WEN
wen in Kölsch: WEN (Watt ėßß datt?)
wen in Sicilian: WEN
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