wan: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (won), [key]
— adj., v., wan•ner, wan•nest, wanned, wan•ning.
  1. of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed.
  2. showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: a wan look; a wan smile.
  3. lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: their wan attempts to organize the alumni.
    1. dark or gloomy.
    2. pale in color or hue.
—v.i., v.t.
  1. to become or make wan.


Pronunciation: (wän), [key]
— v. Obs.
  1. a pt. of


Pronunciation: (wan), [key]
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Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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