Whennes
Whennes \When"nes\, adv. Whence. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • Whence — Whence, adv. [OE. whennes, whens (with adverbial s, properly a genitive ending; see { wards}), also whenne, whanene, AS. hwanan, hwanon, hwonan, hwanone; akin to D. when. See {When}, and cf. {Hence}, {Thence}.] [1913 Webster] 1. From what place;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whence — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English whennes, from whenne whence (from Old English hwanon) + s, adverb suffix, from s, genitivesingular ending; akin to Old High German hwanān whence, Old English hwā who Date: 13th century from what place, source,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whence — /hwens, wens/ adv. 1. from what place?: Whence comest thou? 2. from what source, origin, or cause?: Whence has he wisdom? conj. 3. from what place, source, cause, etc.: He told whence he came. [1250 1300; ME whennes, whannes, equiv. to whanne (by …   Universalium

  • whence — c.1300, whennes, with adverbial genitive s, from O.E. hwanone, related to hwænne (see WHEN (Cf. when)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • whence — (also from whence) formal or archaic interrogative adverb from what place or source. related adverb from which; from where. ↘to the place from which. ↘as a consequence of which. Origin ME whennes, from earlier whenne (from OE hwanon, of Gmc… …   English new terms dictionary

  • whence — [[t](h)wɛns, wɛns[/t]] adv. 1) from what place?: Whence comest thou?[/ex] 2) from what source, origin, or cause?: Whence has he wisdom?[/ex] 3) from what place, source, cause, etc.: He told whence he came[/ex] • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME whennes,… …   From formal English to slang

  • whence — /wɛns / (say wens) adverb Archaic 1. from what place?: whence comest thou? 2. from what source, origin or cause?: whence hath he wisdom? –conjunction 3. from what place, source, cause, etc.: she told whence she came. {Middle English whennes, from …   Australian English dictionary

  • whence — [hwens, wens] adv. [ME whennes (< whenne, WHEN + adv. gen. s), replacing OE hwanan] from what place, source, or cause?; from where? [whence does he find his strength?] conj. 1. from what place, source, or cause [I know whence he comes] 2. from …   English World dictionary

  • whence — adv. & conj. formal adv. from what place? (whence did they come?). conj. 1 to the place from which (return whence you came). 2 (often prec. by place etc.) from which (the source whence these errors arise). 3 and thence (whence it follows that).… …   Useful english dictionary

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