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wan

wan

 
 
pronunciation:
wan
parts of speech:
adjective, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: wanner, wannest
definition 1: unnaturally pale, as from illness or exhaustion.
Her wan complexion showed that she'd been ill.
synonyms:
ashen, pale, pallid, pasty
antonyms:
flushed
similar words:
ashy, bloodless, cadaverous, colorless, ghastly, ghostly, gray, jaundiced, livid, off-color, sallow, sickly
definition 2: lacking strength or vigor; feeble.
He did not say goodbye and made only a wan gesture as I got up to leave.
synonyms:
feeble, pallid, weak
similar words:
halfhearted, ineffectual, lame, limp, pale, poor, sickly, spiritless, unenthusiastic
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: wanned, wanning, wans
definition: to become unnaturally pale or sickly in appearance.
Her face wanned as she read the telegram.
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derivations: wanly (adv.), wanness (n.)