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[won] /wɒn/
adjective, wanner, wannest.
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.
  1. dark or gloomy.
  2. pale in color or hue.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), wanned, wanning.
5.
to become or make wan.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English wann dark, gloomy
Related forms
wanly, adverb
wanness, noun
Synonyms
1. ashen. See pale1 . 3. feeble, weak, half-hearted, lame.
Antonyms
1. ruddy.
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Examples from the web for wanly
  • In the rear is the cabin, its misty windows glowing wanly with the light of a lamp inside.
  • Perhaps, she says wanly, your boss gives you extra energy through making you angry and whiny.
  • The blue van rocked slowly down toward the pond under the blistering sun, soybeans fluttering wanly in its wake.
British Dictionary definitions for wanly

wan

/wɒn/
adjective 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
verb wans, wanning, wanned
4.
to make or become wan
Derived Forms
wanly, adverb
wanness, noun
Word Origin
Old English wann dark; related to wanian to wane

WAN

abbreviation
1.
wide area network
2.
Nigeria (international car registration)
Word Origin
From W(est) A(frica) N(igeria)
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Word Origin and History for wanly

wan

adj.

Old English wann "dark, lacking luster," later "leaden, pale, gray," of uncertain origin, and not found in other Germanic languages. The connecting notion is colorlessness. Perhaps related to wane.

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wanly in Science
WAN
  (wān)   
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.
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Related Abbreviations for wanly

WAN

  1. Nigeria (international vehicle ID)
  2. wide area network
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