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From Средњи Енглески wisshen, wischen

, wüschen

, from Стари Енглески wȳsċan (to wish), from Пра-Германски *wunskijaną (to wish), from Пра-Индо-Европски *wun-, *wenh₁- (to wish, love)

. Cognate with Шкотски wis (to wish), Saterland Frisian wonskje (to wish), Западни Фризијски winskje (to wish), Холандски wensen (to wish), Немачки wünschen (to wish), Дански ønske (to wish), Исландски æskja, óska (to wish)

, Латински Venus, veneror (venerate, honour, love)




wish (plural wishes)

  1. A desire, hope, or longing for something or for something to happen.
  2. An expression of such a desire, often connected with ideas of magic and supernatural power.
  3. The thing desired or longed for.
    My dearest wish is to see them happily married.
    • 1901, W. W. Jacobs, The Monkey's Paw
      "I suppose all old soldiers are the same," said Mrs White. "The idea of our listening to such nonsense! How could wishes be granted in these days? And if they could, how could two hundred pounds hurt you, father?" / "Might drop on his head from the sky," said the frivolous Herbert.
  4. (Sussex) A water meadow.