Meaning of “wont” in the English Dictionary

"wont" in British English

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uk /wəʊnt/ us /woʊnt/ formal


uk /wəʊnt/ us /woʊnt/ formal


uk /wəʊnt/ us /woʊnt/

short form of will not:

I won't go without you.
Won't it be nice to see Paul again?

More examples

  • We won't be much longer.
  • I won't forget to phone you.
  • I'll speak to him, but I won't kiss him.
  • It won't be long before he's as tall as you.
  • He won't get cold if he wears a jacket.

(Definition of “wont” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wont" in American English

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wontnoun [ U ]

us /wɔnt, woʊnt/

(used after a possessive) habit or custom:

Mr. Rivers, as is his wont, has asked some difficult questions.


us /woʊnt/

contraction of will not:

You won’t believe this, but that cactus is a member of the lily family.
Won’t you come in? (= Will you please come in?)

(Definition of “wont” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)