from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress.
- adj. Suggestive or indicative of weariness, illness, or unhappiness; melancholy: a wan expression.
- intransitive v. To become pale.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pale, sickly-looking.
- adj. Dim, faint.
- adj. Bland, uninterested.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of win.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a pale or sickly hue; languid of look; pale; pallid.
- n. The quality of being wan; wanness.
- intransitive v. To grow wan; to become pale or sickly in looks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wan tint or complexion; paleness.
- n. The German name, sometimes used in English, of the dyestuff weld (not woad).
- Dark; black; gloomy: applied to the weather, to water, streams, pools, etc.
- Colorless; pallid; pale; sickly of hue.
- Sorrowful; sad.
- Frightful; awful; great.
- Synonyms Pallid, etc. (see pale), ashy, cadaverous.
- To render wan.
- To grow or become wan.
- An old preterit, of win.
- A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, frequent in Middle English, meaning ‘wanting, deficient, lacking,’ and used as a negative, like un-, with which it often inter changed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
- adj. lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness
- adj. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
- v. become pale and sickly
- n. a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network
Middle English, pale, gloomy, from Old English wann, gloomy, dark.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English ƿann ("dark, dusky"), from Proto-Germanic *wannaz (“dark, swart”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Frisian wann, wonn ("dark"). (Wiktionary)
Inflected forms. (Wiktionary)