Definition of wont in US English:



one's wont
humorous, formal
  • One's customary behavior in a particular situation.

    ‘Constance, as was her wont, had paid her little attention’
    • ‘As is his wont, Latapy drifts left when he is getting bogged down in the middle and, from the wing position, he cut in past his man for Grant Brebner to flick his low cross behind Mampaey.’
    • ‘But certainly in the first half City, as is their wont, refused to wallow in self-pity and played like a side determined to make light of any inconveniences.’
    • ‘Well, linguistician that I am, my first thoughts set me to playing about with semantics and, as is my wont on these occasions, to casting my thoughts back to the bard.’
    • ‘As is their wont, Melrose will no doubt withdraw into themselves and adopt a siege mentality, blaming referees and everybody else for problems which are of their own making.’
    • ‘First an apology - I have a number of new blogs linking to me, and I haven't yet reciprocated nor given their blogs a quick one-line review, as is my wont.’
    • ‘Their supporters had settled for a draw when, with the whistle already between the referee's lips, Owen ghosted in unnoticed, as is his wont, to nod in a cross from Joe Cole.’
    • ‘John spoke briefly, but sincerely, as is his wont.’
    • ‘Now, the media, as we know, can overdo those things, as is our wont.’
    • ‘Prabhu Prasad, the celebrity father of ‘Hai Rabba’ Smita, was tapping his feet to the pulsating music as is his wont.’
    • ‘Gerry, as was his wont, recalled some of the stories of the old days in the Mayo News, the ‘hot metal’ days as he would always describe them.’
    • ‘Also, perhaps because I'm so familiar with Peter Pan itself, my mind, as is its wont, tended to wander, if not wonder.’
    • ‘Shearer, as is his wont, scored against Leeds, just as he had done twice at Elland Road on the opening day of the season, just as he had for Southampton and Blackburn so often before.’
    • ‘As is often the wont of those who have succeeded through factional alliances, when ambition calls, the instinct is to disown your own and condemn others.’
    • ‘As is the wont with all our film heroes who wax eloquent on the plague of video piracy only when their films are slated for a release, Chiranjeevi too was no exception.’
    • ‘As is their wont, the supporters of his ‘rivals’ strongly objected to it.’
    • ‘The ball was old and the pitch was slow and Jones, as was his wont, was moving around the crease to disrupt the bowler's line. Jack decided to stand up to the stumps.’
    • ‘Without the right gradient to drain off onto the edges and without the drains, water, as is its wont, finds its own shape, filling every crevice and crater.’
    • ‘I went into college today, as is my wont, to study English.’
    • ‘I was warned that senators - as is politicians' wont everywhere - like to speak for most of their allotted time, leaving only a small gap for an answer.’
    • ‘The good General frames it perfectly, as is his wont; but don't get lazy, do click through to the original SFGate item.’
    custom, habit, way, practice, convention, routine, use, rule
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  • with infinitive (of a person) in the habit of doing something; accustomed.

    ‘he was wont to arise at 5:30 every morning’
    • ‘Tom Wood ruled the vast Citadel Theatre Shoctor Stage as he is wont.’
    • ‘The manager was satisfied that his side attempted to conjure something, as has been their wont since the season began.’
    • ‘If he won't say that, and he won't, he's wont to say nothing to his own skills.’
    • ‘Harty, as is a poacher's wont, removed any dubiety by forcing the ball into the back of the net, before running off in pursuit of the acclaim.’
    • ‘Bad custom will thrive as it is wont do into the wee hours in less hospitable joints.’
    • ‘It is, no doubt, the wont of every generation to look back at the past with an over-egged fondness and to be too damning of current standards.’
    • ‘And if practicality is your wont rather than sentimentality, you should still go.’
    • ‘Anthony loved it but, as customers are wont to do, he insisted I name the drink.’
    accustomed, used, given, inclined
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  • Make or be or become accustomed.

    with object ‘wont thy heart to thoughts hereof’
    no object, with infinitive ‘sons wont to nurse their Parents in old age’


Old English gewunod, past participle of wunian, ‘dwell, be accustomed’, of Germanic origin.