Pronunciation Adjective

wan (comparative wanner, superlative wannest)

  1. pale#Adjective|Pale, sickly-looking.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:pallid
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book I, canto VIII, stanza 42, page 116 ↗:
      Whome when his Lady ſaw, to him ſhe ran / With haſty ioy : to ſee him made her glad, / And ſad to view his viſage pale and wan, / Who earſt in flowres of freſhest youth was clad.
  2. dim#Adjective|Dim, faint#Adjective|faint.
    • 1909, Robert W[illiam] Service, “The Ballad of One-eyed Mike”, in Ballads of a Cheechako, Toronto, Ont.: William Briggs, OCLC 2068144 ↗, stanza 5, page 52 ↗:
      ’Twas so far away, that evil day when I prayed the Prince of Gloom / For the savage strength and the sullen length of life to work his doom. / Nor sign nor word had I seen or heard, and it happed so long ago; / My youth was gone and my memory wan, and I willed it even so.
  3. Bland, uninterested.
    A wan expression
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wan (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being wan; wanness.
    • 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, part III, page 47 ↗:
      And while we stood beside the fount, and watch’d / Or seem’d to watch the dancing bubble, approach'd / Melissa, tinged with wan from lack of sleep, / Or sorrow, and glowing round her dewy eyes / The circled Iris of a night of tears ; [...]

wan (plural wans)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of one#English|one, representing Ireland English.
  2. (Ireland) A girl or woman.
  1. (obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of win.

Pronunciation Noun

wan (plural wans)

  1. (networking) Acronym of wide area network
    Message latency is much more of an issue on a WAN than on a LAN.
Antonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: WAN

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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