wan

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English ƿann (dark, dusky), from Proto-Germanic *wannaz (dark, swart), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Frisian wann, wonn (dark).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wan (comparative wanner, superlative wannest)

  1. Pale, sickly-looking.
    • Spenser
      Sad to view, his visage pale and wan.
    • Longfellow
      the wan moon overhead
    • 1921, Edgar Rice Burrows, The Efficiency Expert[1], edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2012:
      She looked wan and worried, ...
  2. Dim, faint.
    • 1909, Robert W. Service, “The Ballad of One-Eyed Mike”, in Ballads of a Cheechako:
      ’twas so far away, that evil day when I prayed to the Prince of Gloom / For the savage strength and the sullen length of life to work his doom. / Nor sign nor word had I seen or heard, and it happed so long ago; / My youth was gone and my memory wan, and I willed it even so.
  3. Bland, uninterested.
    A wan expression
Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being wan; wanness.
    • Tennyson
      Tinged with wan from lack of sleep.

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected forms.

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of win

Anagrams[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. first-person singular present indicative of wannen
  2. imperative of wannen

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wan

  1. Romanization of 𐍅𐌰𐌽

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wan

  1. rōmaji reading of わん

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wan

  1. Nonstandard spelling of wān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of wán.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of wǎn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of wàn.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English want.

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. want, want to

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. Third-person singular of winnan
    Grendel wan hwile wið Hroþgar. Grendel long fought against Hrothgar. (Beowulf ll. 151-2)

Scots[edit]

Numeral[edit]

wan

  1. (West Central Scots) one.

Sranan Tongo[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From English one.

Number[edit]

wan

  1. (cardinal) one

Etymology 2[edit]

From English want.

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. to want

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English one

Noun[edit]

wan

  1. The number one.
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:5 (translation here):
      Tulait em i kolim “De,” na tudak em i kolim “Nait.” Nait i go pinis na moning i kamap. Em i de namba wan.
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Numeral[edit]

wan

  1. One. Used with units of measurement and in times: wan aua, wan klok. See also wanpela.