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
Related Words for wannesswhiteness, sallowness, wanness, etiolation, achromatic, cadaverousness, pastiness
Examples from the Web for wanness
Historical Examples of wanness
There was a wanness, a heaviness of aspect, that made him look ten years older.Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
It was the last phase, the feebleness, the wanness, the inertia!The Blind Spot
Vague lines of wanness betrayed the place of the cement walks.Prairie Gold
Since that little cloud was dispelled all the temporary waste and wanness have vanished.Shirley
She saw no talons or beak, but a wanness which, indeed, suggested a skeleton.The Way of the Gods
John Luther Long
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.