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Webster 1913 Edition


Wa'n't

Wa’n’t

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A colloquial contraction of was not.

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wa'n't

wa'n't

See also: want, Want, Wänt, and wan't

English

Contraction

wa’n’t

  1. (colloquial, dated) Eye dialect spelling of wasn’t..
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.