[ won ]
/ wɒn /
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adjective, wan·ner, wan·nest.
of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed.
showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: a wan look; a wan smile.
lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: their wan attempts to organize the alumni.
- dark or gloomy.
- pale in color or hue.
verb (used with or without object), wanned, wan·ning.
to become or make wan.
OTHER WORDS FOR wan
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Origin of wan1
before 900; Middle English; Old English wann dark, gloomy
synonym study for wan
1. See pale1.
OTHER WORDS FROM wanwanly, adverbwanness, noun
Other definitions for wan (2 of 3)
[ wahn ]
/ wɑn /
a simple past tense of win1.
Other definitions for wan (3 of 3)
[ wan ]
/ wæn /
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British Dictionary definitions for wan (1 of 2)
/ (wɒn) /
adjective wanner or wannest
unnaturally pale esp from sickness, grief, etc
characteristic or suggestive of ill health, unhappiness, etc
(of light, stars, etc) faint or dim
verb wans, wanning or wanned
to make or become wan
Derived forms of wanwanly, adverbwanness, noun
Word Origin for wan
Old English wann dark; related to wanian to wane
British Dictionary definitions for wan (2 of 2)
wide area network
Nigeria (international car registration)
Word Origin for WAN
From W(est) A(frica) N(igeria)
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Scientific definitions for wan
[ wăn ]
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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