wan (comparative wanner, superlative wannest)
- 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.
- 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.
- Bland, uninterested.
- A wan expression
- French: blême, pâlot, pâlotte
- German: fahl, matt
- Italian: cereo, cadaverico, smunto
- Portuguese: cadavérico
- Russian: бле́дный
- 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)Verb
- (obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of win.
- IPA: /wæn/
wan (plural wans)
- (networking) Acronym of wide area network
- Message latency is much more of an issue on a WAN than on a LAN.
- Portuguese: WAN