somewhat wan.

Origin of wannish

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at wan1, -ish1
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Historical Examples of wannish

  • He had the look about him—a wearied and red-eyed and a wannish look it was—of one who never knows when he is licked.

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    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

  • The moon turns the smoke into wannish clouds of white and yellow, which slowly rise, break, and disappear.

  • Wanness should be taken as meaning simply less bright than absolute whiteness, as Keats speaks of “wannish fire,” etc.