wanly, adv.wanness, n.
/won/, adj., wanner, wannest, v., wanned, wanning.
1. of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed.
2. showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: a wan look; a wan smile.
3. lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: their wan attempts to organize the alumni.
4. Archaic.
a. dark or gloomy.
b. pale in color or hue.
v.i., v.t.
5. to become or make wan.
[bef. 900; ME; OE wann dark, gloomy]
Syn. 1. ashen. See pale1. 3. feeble, weak, half-hearted, lame.
Ant. 1. ruddy.
/wahn/, v. Obs.
a pt. of win.

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