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Saturday, March 10, 2001

Definitions for wan

  1. Having a pale or sickly hue; pale; pallid.
  2. Lacking vitality, as from weariness, illness, or unhappiness; feeble.
  3. Lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble.

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Citations for wan
She was concerned about her grandson's wan appearance. "So skinny," she would say in Yiddish, "such a plucked little owl." Herbert G. Goldman, Banjo Eyes
Her pale, pinched lips, sunken eyes and wan, haggard cheeks presented a mournful contrast to her former self. Wilkie Collins, Iolani
Origin of wan
Wan is from Old English wann, "gloomy, dark."