[ won-ish ]
/ ˈwɒn ɪʃ /


somewhat wan.


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Origin of wannish

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at wan1, -ish1
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Example sentences from the Web for 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.

    Ladies and Gentlemen |Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • Wanness should be taken as meaning simply less bright than absolute whiteness, as Keats speaks of “wannish fire,” etc.