adjective, wan·ner, wan·nest.
- dark or gloomy.
- pale in color or hue.
verb (used with or without object), wanned, wan·ning.
Origin of wan1
Synonyms for wan
Antonyms for wan
Examples from the Web for wanly
Historical Examples of wanly
Desire smiled too, wanly and without the least approach to mirth.The Law of the North (Originally published as Empery)
Samuel Alexander White
Don Jaime went at once to the side of the wanly smiling matador.The Wolf Cub
"Not less than a table d'hote will hold you," Charity smiled, wanly.We Can't Have Everything
But the shields were now wanly gleaming and the sky was the sky of night.The Metal Monster
"You'd better take out the piano again," said Mrs. Brown wanly.More William
adjective wanner or wannest
verb wans, wanning or wanned
Word Origin for wan
Word Origin for WAN
Old English wann "dark, lacking luster," later "leaden, pale, gray," of uncertain origin, and not found in other Germanic languages. The connecting notion is colorlessness. Perhaps related to wane.