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See also: Appendix:Variations of "wan"
- 1 English
- 2 Dutch
- 3 Gothic
- 4 Japanese
- 5 Mandarin
- 6 Nigerian Pidgin
- 7 Old English
- 8 Scots
- 9 Sranan Tongo
- 10 Tok Pisin
- Rhymes: -ɒn
- Pale, sickly-looking.
- Sad to view, his visage pale and wan.
- the wan moon overhead
1921, Edgar Rice Burrows, The Efficiency Expert, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2012:
- She looked wan and worried, ...
- 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.
- Bland, uninterested.
- A wan expression
- (sickly pale): See also Wikisaurus:pallid
- The quality of being wan; wanness.
- Tinged with wan from lack of sleep.
- (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of
- Romanization of 𐍅𐌰𐌽
- rōmaji reading of
- Nonstandard spelling of wān.
- Nonstandard spelling of wán.
- Nonstandard spelling of wǎn.
- Nonstandard spelling of wàn.
- 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.
- want, want to
- Third-person singular of
- Grendel wan hwile wið Hroþgar. Grendel long fought against Hrothgar. (Beowulf ll. 151-2)
- (West Central Scots) one.
- (cardinal) one
- to want
- The number one.
- One. Used with units of measurement and in times: wan aua, wan klok. See also wanpela.