1 [won]
adjective, wanner, wannest.
of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed.
showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: a wan look; a wan smile.
lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: their wan attempts to organize the alumni.
dark or gloomy.
pale in color or hue.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), wanned, wanning.
to become or make wan.

before 900; Middle English; Old English wann dark, gloomy

wanly, adverb
wanness, noun

1. ashen. See pale1. 3. feeble, weak, half-hearted, lame.

1. ruddy.
Dictionary.com Unabridged


2 [wahn]
verb Obsolete.
a simple past tense of win.


Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To WAN
World English Dictionary
wan (wɒn)
adj , wanner, wannest
1.  unnaturally pale esp from sickness, grief, etc
2.  characteristic or suggestive of ill health, unhappiness, etc
3.  (of light, stars, etc) faint or dim
vb , wanner, wannest, wans, wanning, wanned
4.  to make or become wan
[Old English wann dark; related to wanian to wane]

abbreviation for
1.  wide area network
2.  Nigeria (international car registration)
[From W(est) A(frica) N(igeria)]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. wann "dark, lacking luster," later "leaden, pale, gray," of uncertain origin, and not found in other Gmc. languages. The connecting notion is colorlessness. Perhaps related to wane.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
WAN   (wān)  Pronunciation Key 
Short for wide area network.A communications network that uses such devices as telephone lines, satellite dishes, or radio waves to span a larger geographic area than can be covered by a LAN. The Internet is a WAN.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Computing Dictionary

WAN definition

Wide Area Network

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Nigeria (international vehicle ID)

  2. wide area network

The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Through the frayed curtain at my window, a wan glow announces the break of day.
She now seemed very happy to see a friendly (albeit wan) face.
His hair seemed grayer, his face wan.
He walked stiffly, looking wan and serious.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature