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Etymology

Old English ƿynn, ƿen ("joy," "pleasure"), from Common Germanic *wunjō, from Proto-Indo-European , derived from *wen- ("desire").

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Noun

wynn
  1. a letter of the Old English alphabet, borrowed from the futhark and used to represent the sound of w; replaced in Middle English times by the digraph uu, which later developed into the letter w.

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Old English

Etymology

From West Germanic *wunjō-, from Indo-European *wen-, *wenə- ‘strive for, wish, desire’. Cognate with Old Saxon wunnia, Old High German wunna (German Wonne). Related to Old English wine, wenian. The IE root is also the source of Latin venus, Celtic *wenja- (Old Irish fine, Welsh gwen).

Pronunciation

/wynn/

Noun

wynn f (acc wynn or wynne)
  1. joy, delight
  2. the runic character
  3. the letter wynn: Ƿ, ƿ (/w/).

Extensive Definition

Wynn () (also spelled Wen or en) was a letter of the Old English alphabet. It was used to represent the sound /w/.
While the earliest Old English texts represent this phoneme with the digraph , scribes soon borrowed the rune wynn
Wynn in Tosk Albanian: ᚹ
Wynn in Breton: Wynn (lizherenn)
Wynn in Czech: Wunjo
Wynn in German: Wunjo
Wynn in Spanish: Wynn
Wynn in French: Ƿ
Wynn in Italian: Wynn
Wynn in Japanese: Ƿ
Wynn in Norwegian: Ƿ
Wynn in Polish: Ƿ
Wynn in Russian: Вуньо
Wynn in Chinese: Ƿ
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