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 wanningblanch, wan, exhaust, faint, sicken, whiten, fade, bleach, diminish, enervate, pale
Examples from the Web for wanning
Historical Examples of wanning
Wanning strolled aimlessly after her into the reception room.
“I think he is just right for it, Florence,” put in Mrs. Wanning.
Wanning lingered behind his wife, looking at her in the mirror.
When the maid appeared at the door, Wanning went out through the bathroom to his own sleeping chamber.
When Wanning went down to dinner he found his wife already at her chair, and the table laid for four.
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.