AskDefine | Define wan

Dictionary Definition

wan adj
1 (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" [syn: pale, pallid]
2 abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress; "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed" [syn: pale, pallid]
3 lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness; "a wan smile" n : a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network [syn: wide area network] v : become pale and sickly [also: wanning, wanned, wannest, wanner]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

wann (dark)

Pronunciation

Adjective

wan
  1. Pale, sickly-looking.
  2. Dim, faint.
    A wan light from a single bulb
  3. Bland, uninterested.
    A wan expression

Translations

Pale, sickly-looking
Dim, faint
Bland, uninterested

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

wan
  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, wān, wán, wǎn, or wàn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old English

Pronunciation

/wɑn/

Verb

wan
  1. Alternative spelling of wann (third-person preterite singular of winnan).
    Grendel wan hwile wið Hroþgar. Grendel long fought against Hrothgar. (Beowulf ll. 151-2)

Scots

Cardinal number

wan
  1. In the context of "West Central Scots|lang=sco": one.

Sranan Tongo

Etymology 1

From one.

Number

  1. one

Etymology 2

From want.

Verb

  1. to want

Tok Pisin

Etymology

English one

Noun

wan
  1. The number one.

Cardinal number

wan
  1. One. Used with units of measurement and in times: wan aua, wan klok. See also wanpela.

Extensive Definition

Wan may refer to:
wan in German: Wan
wan in French: WAN

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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