Meaning of ween in English:


Pronunciation /wiːn/


[no object] archaic
  • Be of the opinion; think or suppose.

    ‘he, I ween, is no sacred personage’
    • ‘You call that thing, I ween, a picture of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘So, whether or not he wanted or needed the money is not actually the complete answer to the question, I ween.’
    suggest, submit, advance, propose, venture, volunteer, put forward, moot, propound, posit, air, hazard, say, declare, observe, comment, remark


Old English wēnan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wanen ‘imagine’, German wähnen ‘suppose wrongly’, also to wish.