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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wanwɒn(adj.)wan•ner, wan•nest

  1. (adj.)of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid.

  2. showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, etc.:

    a wan smile.

  3. lacking in forcefulness or effectiveness:

    wan attempts to organize the alumni.

  4. (v.t.)to become or make wan.

Origin of wan:

bef. 900; ME; OE wann dark, gloomy



  1. Ref: a pt. of win 1

* Obs..


  1. Category: Computers

    Ref: wide-area network.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wide area network, WAN(adj)

    a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network

  2. pale, pallid, wan, sick(adj)

    (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble

    "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn"

  3. pale, pallid, wan(adj)

    abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress

    "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed"

  4. wan(verb)

    lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness

    "a wan smile"

  5. wan(verb)

    become pale and sickly

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wan


  2. Wan(adj)

    having a pale or sickly hue; languid of look; pale; pallid

  3. Wan(noun)

    the quality of being wan; wanness

  4. Wan(verb)

    to grow wan; to become pale or sickly in looks

  5. Wan

    of Win

Anagrams of WAN

  1. awn, NWA

Translations for WAN

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pale and sickly-looking

She still looks wan after her illness.

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