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
Related formswan·ly, adverbwan·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for wanness
His face was dirty with tears, his eyes had a curious washed look, like the sky after rain, a sort of wanness.The Rainbow|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
About his large bright eyes that used to be so merry there was a wanness and a restlessness that changed them altogether.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
Since that little cloud was dispelled all the temporary waste and wanness have vanished.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
She had been once eminently handsome, and but for the wanness and hollowness of her face, would have appeared so still.The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales|Francis A. Durivage
“Our chauffeur,” said Cynthia, and a glint of fun showed through the wanness of her cheeks.Cynthia's Chauffeur|Louis Tracy