Wend [wend] Word Origin noun
- a member of a Slavic people of E Germany; Sorb.
Origin of Wend 1780–90; German Wende, Old High German Winida; cognate with Old English Winedas (plural) British Dictionary definitions for wend’s wend verb
- to direct (one’s course or way); travelwend one’s way home
Word Origin for wend Old English wendan; related to Old High German wenten, Gothic wandjan; see wind ² Wend noun
- (esp in medieval European history) a Sorb; a member of the Slavonic people who inhabited the area between the Rivers Saale and Oder in the early Middle Ages and were conquered by Germanic invaders by the 12th centurySee also Lusatia
Word Origin and History for wend’s Wend
member of a Slavic people of eastern Germany, 1610s (implied in Wendish), from German Wende, from Old High German Winida, related to Old English Winedas “Wends,” ultimately from Celt. *vindo- “white.”
“to proceed on,” Old English wendan “to turn, go,” from Proto-Germanic *wandijanan (cf. Old Saxon wendian, Old Norse venda, Old Frisian wenda, Dutch wenden, German wenden, Gothic wandjan “to turn”), causative of Old English windan “to turn, twist” (see wind (v.)), from root *wand-, *wend- “turn.” Surviving only in to wend one’s way, and in hijacked past tense form went.