W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [won]
    • /wɒn/
    • /wɒn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [won]
    • /wɒn/

Definitions of wan word

  • adjective wan of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed. 1
  • adjective wan showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: a wan look; a wan smile. 1
  • adjective wan lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: their wan attempts to organize the alumni. 1
  • adjective wan Archaic. dark or gloomy. pale in color or hue. 1
  • verb wan a simple past tense of win1 . 1
  • noun wan wide-area network. 1

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Origin of wan

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English wann dark, gloomy

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Parts of speech for Wan


wan popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wan usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wan

adjective wan

  • pallid — pale; faint or deficient in color; wan: a pallid countenance.
  • ashen — Someone who is ashen looks very pale, especially because they are ill, shocked, or frightened.
  • ashy — of a pale greyish colour; ashen
  • drawn — past participle of draw.
  • washed-out — faded, especially from washing.

verb wan

  • etiolate — To make pale through lack of light, especially of a plant.

Antonyms for wan

adjective wan

  • strong — having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust: a strong boy.
  • blushing — to redden, as from embarrassment or shame: He blushed when they called him a conquering hero.
  • bright — A bright colour is strong and noticeable, and not dark.
  • clear — Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.
  • colourful — Something that is colourful has bright colours or a lot of different colours.

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