- 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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Antonyms for wan
- a simple past tense of win1.
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.
- 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
Word Origin for wan
- wide area network
- Nigeria (international car registration)
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.
- 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.