Main definitions of wen in English

: wen1wen2

wen1

noun

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

    • ‘The make-up people excelled themselves with lots of dirty fingernails and a welter of warts, wens and rotten corpses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a fellow with a wen in his neck, larger than me, and another with a wooden leg.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/