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Definition of "wan" []

  • Unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress. (adjective)
  • Suggestive or indicative of weariness, illness, or unhappiness; melancholy: a wan expression. (adjective)
  • To become pale. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wan" in a sentence
  • "I have more dust in wan minute than iver I saw in all me life before."
  • "But this still brought the station chief 21 wan wan is Chinese measure, NT$10,000, at that time US$250 in one week--you could buy one house with it."
  • "And first he laces to his feet the shoes of gold that bear him high winging over seas or land as fleet as the gale; then takes the rod wherewith he calls wan souls forth of Orcus, or sends them again to the sad depth of hell, gives sleep and takes it away and unseals dead eyes; in whose strength he courses the winds and swims across the tossing clouds."