wanna

wanna

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English

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɑ.nə/, /ˈwʌnə/
  • Rhymes: -ɒnə

Etymology 1

Written form of a reduction of want a, used informally in most English dialects.

Contraction

wanna

  1. Eye dialect spelling of want a.
    I wanna puppy!

Etymology 2

Written form of a reduction of want to, used informally in most English dialects.

Contraction

wanna

  1. Eye dialect spelling of want to.
    I wanna go home!
Usage notes

Much more common in first and second person and third person plural (“I wanna”, “you wanna”, "we wanna", etc.) than in third person singular (“he wanna”, “she wanna”), and subjectively judged as flatly incorrect for third person However, all forms find some use, particularly in song lyrics.

Rejection of third person singular affirmative *“he wanna” and *“she wanna” can be explained by “want to” reducing to wanna, but “wants to” not doing so, instead being pronounced approximately as “wants ta”. This objection does not arise in the negative (“he doesn’t wanna”, “she doesn’t wanna”), due to the absence of -s in the negative: “he does not want to”, “she does not want to”, and these forms are both common and unobjectionable.

Derived terms
  • wanna contraction

References

See also

  • gonna
  • gotta

Old High German

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin vannus.

Noun

wanna f

  1. tub

Descendants

  • German: Wanne

Polish

Etymology

Borrowing from early Modern High German Wanne or its Middle High German etymon.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈvan.na/

Noun

wanna f

  1. bath, bathtub

Declension

Derived terms

  • (adjective) wannowy

Further reading

  • wanna in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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