Definition of wan adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//wɒn//
; NAmE NAmE//wɑːn//
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looking pale and weak his grey, wan face She gave me a wan smile (= showing no energy or enthusiasm). the wan sunlight of a winter’s morning See related entries: Tiredness Word OriginOld English wann ‘dark, black’, of unknown origin.Extra examples She was looking a little wan. Anne lay back, pale and wan, on the pillows. She gave me a wan smile.
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