Adjective "weaned" definition and examples

(Weaned may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/wiːn/

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Definitions and examples

verb

Accustom (an infant or other young mammal) to food other than its mother's milk.
  1. 'Mammals produce milk for their young until they are weaned.'
  2. 'A breast-feeding mother will wean her infant before returning to work.'
  3. 'Most mammals extend the care of their young until they are weaned and then drive them away.'
  4. 'At eight weeks, he should be weaned from the mother and eating kitten food solely.'
  5. 'Once the babies are weaned off milk in the transit home, they are allowed to forage with older elephants instead of being fed with leaves and bark as are elephants in most other orphanages.'
  6. 'I waited until the puppies were weaned then I tied red bows around their necks, put them in a box and headed to Mrs. Rooney's home.'
  7. 'Mothers wean children early and in some cases do not breast-feed at all.'
  8. 'He was breast-fed and is now being weaned on a vegetarian diet of pulses, vegetables, fruits, baby rice, pasta and formula milk made from soya.'
  9. 'At 36 days young weasels are weaned and can eat food brought back to the nest by the mother.'
  10. 'Children are often not weaned off their mother's milk until they are toddlers.'
  11. 'the doctor tried to wean her off the sleeping pills'
  12. 'The way to wean people voluntarily off their cars is to be clever, and to do it in stages.'
  13. 'The patient dies 71 days later as doctors try to wean him from a ventilator.'
  14. 'The scheme is part of an attempt by ministers to wean young Scots off their traditional diet of chips, sugary drinks, crisps and chocolate.'
  15. 'Jenny had to look on helplessly as her tiny son was weaned off the effects of heroin.'
  16. 'My guess is no better than anyone else's, but I would feel a lot more comfortable and relaxed if I could be sure that someone was working on a plan that would wean us off oil gradually rather than by force of circumstance.'
  17. 'Like all sorts of dependency we need to wean people off their cars, but at the same time we cannot leave people high and dry.'
  18. 'Through her music, this 21-year-old is trying to wean youngsters away from drugs.'
  19. 'The study suggests that concerted efforts to wean people away from cars and on to buses - or better still their own two feet - have made little impact on the younger generation.'
  20. 'You know it makes sense, there are places and people available to help you, patches that wean you off nicotine slowly, help groups that support you through the bad times.'
  21. 'It will take humungous hikes in fuel tax, with punishing electoral consequences, to wean us off the impulse to escape at least once a year from lives which we've made so hectic; we have to have a holiday to restore our sanity.'
  22. 'I was weaned on a regular diet of Hollywood fantasy'
  23. 'We now have a generation of kids and young adults who have been weaned on video games, Web browsing, and other new information tools.'
  24. 'They're talking like stoned college kids trying to be funny at a party; they're talking as if they, like us, were weaned on television and pop culture.'
  25. 'Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Carl Stalling wrote the music for the classic Warner Brothers cartoons that John Zorn was weaned on.'
  26. 'However, most of those watching will have been weaned on movies, and this sort of thing doesn't usually transpire in this way on the big screen.'
  27. 'The easy availability of alcohol means that kids and teenagers are at risk of being weaned on to alcohol at an early stage.'
  28. 'For mid-career partners who were weaned on e-mail and the Blackberry, this was no walk in the park.'
  29. 'A middle-class Midwesterner, he was weaned on Daniel Defoe and raised on hunting, hiking, and taxidermy.'
  30. 'They have been weaned on the Net and Google and they assume that they can simply access any information they need when they need it and that there's no reason to read books.'
  31. 'McLaughlin says that he can't explain why, but he often feels a need to revisit his past, and classic American songbook material was what he was weaned on as a young jazz player in the '60s.'
  32. 'Both his parents taught French and clearly he and his brother Jonathan were weaned on the language and the culture.'

noun

A young child.
  1. 'Twelve years into the new century, the traditional Scottish family of ma, pa and the wean or weans will be outnumbered by men living alone, also by women living alone, and above all by two adults without children.'
  2. 'The pukka school, which charges parents £18,750 a year to take the weans off their hands, is going through troubled times.'
  3. '‘My daughter goes to a fairly hard-core working-class school and every morning, I see guys kissing their weans, telling them how much they love them, and sending them on their way,’ says Mullan.'
  4. 'Ma, Pa and the weans get health-giving milk and cheese all-year round; you get a nice wee glow of achievement on Christmas morning.'
  5. 'For example, I have never felt more a part of a ‘real community’ than when I've taken my wheezing, spluttering wean up to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow of a stormy evening.'
  6. 'The weans seemed happy enough.'
  7. 'The weans are scrapping in the playground again.'
  8. 'We may be coming to a situation where whole families, grandparents, parents and weans are all users.'

More definitions

1. to accustom (a child or young animal) to food other than its mother's milk; cause to lose the need to suckle or turn to the mother for food.

2. to withdraw (a person, the affections, one's dependency, etc.) from some object, habit, form of enjoyment, or the like: The need to reduce had weaned us from rich desserts. Verb phrases

3. wean on, to accustom to; to familiarize with from, or as if from, childhood: a brilliant student weaned on the classics; suburban kids

More examples(as adjective)

"calves can be weaned."

"traumaticallies can be weaned."

"traders can be weaned."

"pups can be weaned."

"people can be weaned."

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Origin

(wean)Late 17th century: contraction of wee ane ‘little one’.