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Pronunciation: (won), [key]
adj., wan•ner, wan•nest,
v., 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.
4. Archaic.
a. dark or gloomy.
b. pale in color or hue.

v.i., v.t.
to become or make wan.


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

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

See also:
  • wan (Thesaurus)


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