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wan

1

[ won ]

adjective

, wan·ner, wan·nest.
  1. of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color:

    His wan face suddenly flushed.

    Synonyms: ashen

    Antonyms: ruddy

  2. showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.:

    a wan look; a wan smile.

  3. lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness:

    their wan attempts to organize the alumni.

    Synonyms: limp, ineffectual, halfhearted, weak, feeble

  4. Archaic.
    1. dark or gloomy.
    2. pale in color or hue.


verb (used with or without object)

, wanned, wan·ning.
  1. to become or make wan.

wan

2

[ wahn ]

verb

, Obsolete.
  1. a simple past tense of win 1.

WAN

3

[ wan ]

wan

1

/ wɒn /

adjective

  1. unnaturally pale esp from sickness, grief, etc
  2. characteristic or suggestive of ill health, unhappiness, etc
  3. (of light, stars, etc) faint or dim


verb

  1. to make or become wan

WAN

2

abbreviation for

  1. wide area network
  2. Nigeria (international car registration)

WAN

/ wăn /

  1. Short for wide area network. A communications network that uses such devices as telephone lines, satellite dishes, or radio waves to span a larger geographic area than can be covered by a LAN. The Internet is a WAN.


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Derived Forms

  • ˈwanness, noun
  • ˈwanly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • wanly adverb
  • wanness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of wan1

before 900; Middle English; Old English wann dark, gloomy
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Word History and Origins

Origin of wan1

Old English wann dark; related to wanian to wane

Origin of wan2

From W(est) A(frica) N(igeria)
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Synonym Study

See pale 1.
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Example Sentences

Dig below the surface, though, and the broth, supposedly made with beef broth and cognac, has been wan eating both times I’ve tried it.

“Expat bankers are definitely into the drugs/hooker scene, and Wan Chai is the very epicenter,” he told The Daily Beast.

Laughing at one's own participants is a fine strategy for a show like "I Wanna Marry Harry."

“I wanna go inside every corner / Girl, you really turn me on / I wanna go knock, knock our bodies to the beat”?

What in the name of Obi-Wan would this mean for the series, including the Expanded Universe?

If you wanna help, tell the CIA to stop trying to kill me.

A vast assemblage of countless thousands of women, and boys, and wan and starving men, gathered in the streets of Paris.

Humanity shut its eyes in view of the hideous apparition of wan and haggard beggary and crime.

The colored woman came running, and with her Grace, who looked at the wan features of the soldier with piteous eyes.

Margaret lay, wan and exhausted, on the sofa—the doctor looked very melancholy and rather stern, and the others were silent.

Julie acknowledged this flattery by a wan little smile, and following Hester out of the 24 room, went in to see her father.

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