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Definition of "wean" []

  • To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling. (verb-transitive)
  • To detach from that to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: She weaned herself from cigarettes. (verb-transitive)
  • To accustom to something from an early age. Often used with on: "The northerners among the refugees ... were weaned on harsh weather and infertile soils and are known for their rigorous work ethic” ( Lowell Weiss). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wean" in a sentence
  • "And my understanding of wean is a slow removal, not stopping cold turkey."
  • "Tommy’s howling like a fookin wean and it’s fookin dark but Seamus can feel the fookin dirt raining down on him."
  • "Weaning:The definition of the word wean is to withhold mother’s milk from the young of a mammal and substitute other nourishment."