1

The quote would be

"Every man is like the company he is wont to keep."

What is the meaning of "he is wont to keep" in this quote? Merriam-Webster translates wont as accustomed, used or inclined, apt, but it still doesn't make sense to me.

4
  • You are like the friends and acquaintances you choose to spend time with.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 15, 2018 at 13:10
  • 1
    wont is in the dictionary.
    – Lambie
    Dec 21, 2021 at 17:00
  • @Lambie I know that, I even wrote it in the question, if you read it: "Merriam-Webster translates wont as accustomed, used or inclined, apt,...". What is your point with this comment?
    – Xaphanius
    Dec 26, 2021 at 18:35
  • My point is trust the dictionary.
    – Lambie
    Dec 27, 2021 at 14:49

1 Answer 1

1

It simply means that "We are (become) like the company we keep". The usage "wont" is an old usage - even though it is still used today. It generally means most often or habitually (i.e. commonly done for any reason - habit, inclination, desire, or forced).

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/wont

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/wont+to

1
  • Wont may be somewhat old-fashioned, but is live usage in literary and academic use. Saying it is Middle English is misleading.
    – David
    Nov 29, 2021 at 20:04

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.