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

Definitions of wanly word

  • adjective wanly of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed. 1
  • adjective wanly showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: a wan look; a wan smile. 1
  • adjective wanly lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: their wan attempts to organize the alumni. 1
  • adjective wanly Archaic. dark or gloomy. pale in color or hue. 1
  • noun wanly In a wan or pale manner. 1

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Origin of wanly

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 Wanly


wanly 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.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

wanly usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wanly

adverb wanly

  • palely — light-colored or lacking in color: a pale complexion; his pale face; a pale child. lacking the usual intensity of color due to fear, illness, stress, etc.: She looked pale and unwell when we visited her in the nursing home.
  • pallidly — pale; faint or deficient in color; wan: a pallid countenance.
  • anemically — Pathology. suffering from anemia.
  • weakly — weak or feeble in constitution; not robust; sickly.
  • unhealthily — not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition.

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