- 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.
- to become or make wan.
Origin of wan1
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Examples from the Web for 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
- unnaturally pale esp from sickness, grief, etc
- characteristic or suggestive of ill health, unhappiness, etc
- (of light, stars, etc) faint or dim
- to make or become wan
- wide area network
- Nigeria (international car registration)
Word Origin and History for wanness
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.
- 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.