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Wont, n. Also: wonnte, wontt, woint, vont, voint, wount, vountt, woont, wint, wynt, vynt, wonit, vonit. [ME and e.m.E. wont (Cursor M.), wonte (1556), woont (1594).] Habit, custom. Also proverb. 1437 Cop. St. A. 156.
Oure annuale rent … to be pait … be ewynly porciounys, of tha forsaid landis wont and custume
1456 Hay I 238/33.
Na suld na man sell thame [sc. pilgrims] derror penyworthis na wont was to be in the contree
proverb. a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS No. 1485.
a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 1672.
Wint beguiled the ladie quhen sche lukit to let a fart, sche did worse

b. To have wont, to be accustomed to; also, of the conditions of a document, to prevail, to have currency.(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 143/75.
Scho ordand eik that every bird and beist … suld … compeir And every flour of vertew, most and leist, … As thay had wont in May, fro ȝeir to ȝeir To hir thair makar to mak obediens
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1922.
The grewhound … Faynt and foirfocht, come fawnand to his feit As he had wont, his maister for to meit
1622-6 Bisset I 19/3.
Lang hes my pen hid and obscured bene In pretermitting poesie I meane Quhilk I had wount sumtyme to use befoir
(2) 1558 Aberd. B. Rec. I 311.
The prowest [etc.] … consentit that his saids letters be obeyt and obtemperat at the nixt fest of Sanct Michaell, and haf wynt for thre yeirs thaireftir following

c. Wont and use, use and wont, customary procedure, see Use n.1 for further examples. In adverbial use with or without as, as is customary, as is usual. 1468 Peebles B. Rec. I 157.
That he swld be sythit of all nychtburis sonys sic lyk as wont and ws is
1487 Innes Sketches 393.
As wes us and wount in the tyme of oure … progenitouris
1517 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 88.
1520 Maxwell Mem. I 245.
Wyth sic lik profettis … as my said castall had ws and vont of befor to the kepin of it
1532 Wigtown B. Ct. 262a.
c1535 Reg. Soltre 213.
The sacrister sall ryng … the bells of the place after matynis hye-mes … and complene ald vse and wynt
c1535 Reg. Soltre 213.
1556 Carte Northberwic 73.
That the said … officiaris … met the inhabitouris stopis … conforme to auld vse and wont
1567 Lanark B. Rec. 37.
Anentis the bying off tallane and hidis … that all be kepit ald use and wint
1580 Conv. Burghs I 102.
1582 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. 30.
That [he] keip the mure and merchis according to us and vountt
1584 St. A. Baxter Bks. 36.
To conuene thairto as vse & vonit hes bene past meand of man
1593 Acts (1597) ii 133b.
1601 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 27 April.
1652 Galloway P. 11 March.
Two wodderis and twa stanes of butter at the termes of payment vse & wonnte
1676 Galloway P. 27 Jan.

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