From Middle English wepen, from Old English wǣpn, from Proto-Germanic *wēpną ("weapon"), of unknown origin, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *wēbnom. Cognate with Scots wapyn, wappen, West Frisian wapen ("weapon"), Dutch wapen ("weapon; coat of arms"), Low German wapen ("weapon"), German Waffe ("weapon") and Wappen, Danish våben ("weapon; coat of arms") Swedish vapen ("weapon"), Norwegian Bokmål våpen ("weapon"), Icelandic vopn ("weapon").
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