Main definitions of wen in English

: wen1wen2

wen1

noun

  • 1A boil or other swelling or growth on the skin, especially a sebaceous cyst.

    • ‘Throughout the sermon that morning, Inman sat staring at Ada's neck and listening as Monroe repeated four times the Emerson passage about warts and wens and decreasing forever.’
    • ‘The make-up people excelled themselves with lots of dirty fingernails and a welter of warts, wens and rotten corpses.’
    • ‘There was a fellow with a wen in his neck, larger than me, and another with a wooden leg.’
    • ‘The painting was grey, blue, and white, with a firm black line, a representation of an older woman, extremely well done, glasses on her nose, a kind of wen on her chin.’
    swelling, spot, pimple, blister, pustule, eruption, blemish, carbuncle, wen, cyst, abscess, tumour, ulcer, chilblain, gumboil
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  • 2archaic A very large or overcrowded city.

    ‘the great wen of London’

Origin

Old English wen(n), of unknown origin; compare with Low German wehne tumour, wart.

Pronunciation:

wen

/wɛn/

Main definitions of wen in English

: wen1wen2

wen2

noun

  • old-fashioned spelling of wynn

Pronunciation:

wen

/wɛn/