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wan

adjective \ ˈwän \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of wan

wanner; wannest
1 a :suggestive of poor health :sickly, pallid
b :lacking vitality :feeble
2 :dim, faint
3 :languid
  • a wan smile

wanly

adverb

wanness

play \ˈwän-nəs\ noun

Examples of wan in a Sentence

  1. She gave a wan laugh.

  2. she looks a little wan after all that tiring work

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Origin and Etymology of wan

Middle English, from Old English wann dark, livid


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wan

verb

Definition of wan

wanned; wanning
intransitive verb
:to grow or become pale or sickly

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First Known Use of wan

1578


WAN

noun \ ˈwan \

Definition of WAN

First Known Use of wan

1983

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WAN Defined for English Language Learners

wan

adjective

Definition of wan for English Language Learners

  • : looking sick or pale

  • : having a weak quality


WAN Defined for Kids

wan

adjective \ ˈwän \

Definition of wan for Students

wanner; wannest
1 :having a pale or sickly color
2 :showing little effort or energy
  • a wan smile

wanly

adverb


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