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1wan

adjective \ˈwän\

: looking sick or pale

: having a weak quality

wan·nerwan·nest

Full Definition of WAN

1
a :  suggestive of poor health :  sickly, pallid
b :  lacking vitality :  feeble
2
:  dim, faint
3
:  languid <a wan smile>
wan·ly adverb
wan·ness \ˈwän-nəs\ noun

Examples of WAN

  1. She gave a wan laugh.
  2. <she looks a little wan after all that tiring work>

Origin of WAN

Middle English, from Old English wann dark, livid
First Known Use: 14th century

2wan

verb
wannedwan·ning

Definition of WAN

intransitive verb
:  to grow or become pale or sickly

First Known Use of WAN

1578

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

WAN

noun \ˈwan\

Definition of WAN

First Known Use of WAN

1983

Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router
WAN Defined for Kids

wan

adjective \ˈwän\
wan·nerwan·nest

Definition of WAN for Kids

1
:  having a pale or sickly color
2
:  showing little effort or energy <a wan smile>
wan·ly adverb

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