wan

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A wan moon (sense 1) rising over snow-covered mountains

From Middle English wan, wanne (grey, leaden; pale grey, ashen; blue-black (like a bruise); dim, faint; dark, gloomy), from Old English ƿann (dark, dusky),[1] 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.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:pallid
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book I, canto VIII, stanza 42, page 116:
      Whome when his Lady ſaw, to him ſhe ran / With haſty ioy : to ſee him made her glad, / And ſad to view his viſage pale and wan, / Who earſt in flowres of freſhest youth was clad.
    • 1839, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Beleaguered City”, in Voices of the Night, Cambridge, Mass.: Published by John Owen, OCLC 877448942, stanzas 1 and 2, page 22:
      I have read in some old marvellous tale, / Some legend strange and vague, / That a midnight host of spectres pale / Beleaguered the walls of Prague. // Beside the Moldau’s rushing stream, / With the wan moon overhead, / There stood, as in an awful dream, / The army of the dead.
    • 1921 October, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Efficiency Expert”, in All-Story Weekly, New York, N.Y.: Frank A. Munsey Co., OCLC 894821037; republished as “The Trial”, in The Efficiency Expert, [Auckland]: The Floating Press, 2011, →ISBN, page 188:
      She looked wan and worried, and then finally she was not in court one day, and later [...] he learned that she was confined to her room with a bad cold.
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 24]:
      Big fair wan lovely pale-freckled Kathleen with that buoyant bust gave kindly smiles but mostly she was silent.
    • 2020, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, →ISBN, page 45:
      Instead, you wiped off the red lipstick with wadded-up toilet paper and forced a smile, leaving the locker room with a pale, cotton candy-colored lipstick that made you look wan and parched instead.
  2. Dim, faint.
    • 1909, Robert W[illiam] Service, “The Ballad of One-eyed Mike”, in Ballads of a Cheechako, Toronto, Ont.: William Briggs, OCLC 2068144, stanza 5, page 52:
      ’Twas so far away, that evil day when I prayed 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
    • 1867 July 13, “Lieutenant Castagnac”, in Every Saturday: A Journal of Choice Reading, Selected from Foreign Current Literature, volume IV, number 80, Cambridge, Mass.: Printed at the University Press, Cambridge, by Welch, Bigelow, & Co., for Ticknor and Fields, OCLC 123899278, chapter II, page 35:
      My position in the midst of the general indifference was hard to bear ; my silence weighed upon me like remorse. The sight of Lieutenant Castagnac filled me with indignation, — a sort of insurmountable repulsion: the wan look, the ironical smile of the man, froze my blood.
    • 2013, Carter Dreyfuss, chapter 1, in The Prince of Temple Square: A Murder Mystery, Tucson, Ariz.: Wheatmark, →ISBN, pages 8–9:
      Checking out her brother’s khakis, the gun propped in the corner, Olivia’s hiking boots and her wan expression, she wants to laugh. “Been hunting, I see.” Olivia’s face falls, as expected. Her brother’s obsession with guns and gross little expeditions appall her.
    • 2014, Chris Angus, chapter 12, in Flypaper: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Yucca Publishing, Skyhorse Publishing, →ISBN:
      “I have to admit, I’ve been tempted a time or two to chuck everything to go live in a place like this [Bogda Peak, China],” he replied. / “What stopped you?” / He gave her a wan look. “Celibacy.”
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Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being wan; wanness.
    • 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, [], OCLC 2024748, part III, page 47:
      And while we stood beside the fount, and watch’d / Or seem’d to watch the dancing bubble, approach'd / Melissa, tinged with wan from lack of sleep, / Or sorrow, and glowing round her dewy eyes / The circled Iris of a night of tears ; [...]

Etymology 2[edit]

Eye dialect spelling of one. Sense 2 (“girl or woman”) possibly as a result of the phrase your wan as a counterpart to your man.

Noun[edit]

wan (plural wans)

  1. Pronunciation spelling of one, representing Ireland English.
  2. (Ireland) A girl or woman.
    • 1993, Elaine Crowley, The Ways Of Women, London: Orion, →ISBN:
      Then I’d tell myself there were plenty of oul wans and oul fellas in work who never got it and that I’d be lucky like them and escape. Only I didn’t. I don’t want to die.
    • 2005, David McWilliams, The Pope’s Children: Ireland’s New Elite, Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, →ISBN; republished as The Pope’s Children: The Irish Economic Triumph and the Rise of Ireland’s New Elite, Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, 2008, →ISBN, page 4:
      Growing up in Dún Laoghaire in the 1980s, I remember all the hard men were sinewy, scrawny lads, hence the local description ‘more meat on a seagull’. The reason was simple: they were undernourished. [...] The young wans, despite a couple of babies, were more or less the same, pinched, flat-chested and drawn.
    • 2015, Kevin Maher, “A Yuletide Bender”, in Last Night on Earth, London: Little, Brown and Company, →ISBN:
      He comes streaming out from under the stage, this time a feckin show-stopper, almost literally, because there’s eighty different acrobats above him, [...] for this mad New Year’s show that has no story at all, other than this wan in silky robes who goes out with this fella in silky robes, and they’re from different enemy tribes of lads and wans in silky robes, and when they find out, they have this huge, aerial, acrobatic donnybrook that ends when everyone wraps their silk around each other up in the air, and then lets it all fall down to the ground, where the audience are, to show them how we're all part of one big silky family, and not to be fighting in the future.

Etymology 3[edit]

An inflected form.

Verb[edit]

wan

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ wan, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. ^ Thomas Sheridan (1790) A Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning[1], volume 2, C. Dilly

Anagrams[edit]


Ainu[edit]

Ainu cardinal numbers
 <  9 10 11  > 
    Cardinal : wan
    Ordinal : wan ikinne

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

wan (Kana spelling ワン)

  1. ten

Atong (India)[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English one.

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

wan (Bengali script ৱান)

  1. one

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]


Bislama[edit]

Bislama cardinal numbers
 <  0 1 2  > 
    Cardinal : wan

Etymology[edit]

From English one.

Numeral[edit]

wan

  1. one

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Ultimately from Latin vannus.

Noun[edit]

wan f or m (plural wannen, diminutive wannetje n)

  1. winnowing basket

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

wan

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

Fanagalo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English one.

Numeral[edit]

wan

  1. one

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wan

  1. Romanization of 𐍅𐌰𐌽

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wan

  1. Rōmaji transcription of わん
  2. Rōmaji transcription of ワン

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.

Maranao[edit]

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. to fear

References[edit]


Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English wann (dark), from Proto-Germanic *wannaz, of uncertain origin.

Adjective[edit]

wan

  1. wan (pallid, sickly)
  2. wan (dim, faint)
Alternative forms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • English: wan
  • Scots: wan

References[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of wane (deprivation)

Etymology 3[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wan

  1. Alternative form of wane

Etymology 4[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (uncountable)

  1. (Northern) Alternative form of vein (that which is vain)

Etymology 5[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wan

  1. Alternative form of whan

Etymology 6[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (plural wanes)

  1. (Northern, early) Alternative form of wone (dwelling)

Etymology 7[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of wane (woeful state)

Etymology 8[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (plural wanes)

  1. Alternative form of wone (choice)

Etymology 9[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (plural wanes)

  1. Alternative form of wayn (wagon)

Etymology 10[edit]

Verb[edit]

wan (third-person singular simple present waneth, present participle wanynge, first-/third-person singular past indicative and past participle waned)

  1. Alternative form of wanen

Etymology 11[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wan

  1. Alternative form of whenne

Conjunction[edit]

wan

  1. Alternative form of whenne

Etymology 12[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wan

  1. Alternative form of whanne

Conjunction[edit]

wan

  1. Alternative form of whanne

Etymology 13[edit]

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. Alternative form of wanne: singular simple past of winnen
  2. Alternative form of wonnen: plural simple past of winnen

Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English want.

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. want, want to

Noone[edit]

Noun[edit]

wan (plural boom)

  1. child

References[edit]


North Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian winna, which derives from Proto-Germanic *winnaną.

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. (Föhr-Amrum Dialect) to win

Conjugation[edit]



Okinawan[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wan

  1. Rōmaji transcription of わん

Old English[edit]

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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)

Pipil[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Relational[edit]

-wan

  1. with, in relation to
    Shiwi nuwan wan niweli nimetzilwitia ne nukal yankwik
    Come with me and I can show you my new house

Declension[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

wan

  1. and, but
    Shinechmaka yey pula wan chikwasen tumat
    Give me three plantains and six tomatoes
    Nikilwij ma timuitakan yalua wan inte walajsik
    I told her/him to meet yesterday but she/he didn't come

Scots[edit]

Numeral[edit]

wan

  1. (West Central) one.

Sranan Tongo[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From English one.

Number[edit]

wan

  1. one

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

wan

  1. Alternative form of wani

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English one.

Noun[edit]

wan

  1. The number one.
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Jenesis 1:5:
      Tulait em i kolim “De,” na tudak em i kolim “Nait.” Nait i go pinis na moning i kamap. Em i de namba wan.
      Naming the light, Day, and the dark, Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
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Numeral[edit]

wan

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

Derived terms[edit]