Adjective "wan" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person's complexion or appearance) pale and giving the impression of illness or exhaustion.
  1. 'Körbes, normally luminous on the State Theater stage, here never seemed to come alive, looking wan and passive, and was completely overshadowed by either.'
  2. 'When he arrived home that night, he looked wan, slightly more drained than usual.'
  3. 'Warhol devised the most telling face of fame - wan, bleached out, with a camera hanging from the neck.'
  4. 'Anyway - if you feel the need to be pasty, wan and outraged, you can always write to me and tell me how you feel.'
  5. '‘After several days of flying in space, the astronauts may look wan and sallow, so medical staff will put make-up on them to make them look ruddy,’ the newspaper said.'
  6. 'the wan dawn light'
  7. 'The stones on the bottom of the brook were flat and greenish in the wan afternoon light.'
  8. 'Instead, our wars exposed the limits of our capability and cast a wan light on many of our cherished illusions.'
  9. 'She leaned forward, elbows on knees and her head in the wan moonlight as she smiled.'
  10. 'Eric Gautier photographed it, with frequent and unnecessary use of the wan light and monochromatic effects that are now high-fashion clichés of their own.'
  11. 'Often the answer would be in the form of a wan smile or silence.'
  12. 'Elsa shook it off with a shrug of the shoulders and a wan smile.'
  13. 'Other bands might get away with this on intensity alone, but Harcourt's straightforward, predictable manner leaves his wan material desperately lacking.'
  14. 'The secretary looked up momentarily and gave her a wan smile.'
  15. '‘Come on then,’ he said, and gave her a wan smile.'
  16. 'When deep brown eyes finally opened and she stared up at him, she gave him a wan smile that caused a cringe as the sore skin on her cheek stretched greatly.'
  17. '‘Total dedication,’ she said with a somewhat wan smile: she had come in on the day of my visit despite being in intense pain from a suspected slipped disc.'
  18. 'The woman sitting next to me, a blonde South African wearing jeans and fashionable spectacles looks at me, raises an eyebrow, gives me a wan smile and gets up to leave.'
  19. 'Allyson paused, listening to the soft melody, a shy smile spreading over her wan features.'
  20. 'But her gaze cleared, and she managed a wan smile.'
  21. 'He gave Jean a wan smile before grabbing a baguette at the table.'
  22. 'I gave him a wan smile, ‘As well as can be expected, I suppose.’'
  23. 'In another image, two bored children gaze at the camera, the older one giving the camera a wan smile.'
  24. 'She gave him a wan smile when she saw him, and lifted herself to a sitting position carefully.'
  25. 'Sighing wearily, Isabella shifted her gaze to her mother with a wan smile on her lips.'
  26. 'And so, I walked in without my customary bright smile, wan, blinking hard.'
  27. 'Ellen suppressed another shudder and gave a wan smile that she hoped he would take to mean the week would be a long one for her.'

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      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. dark or gloomy. pale in color or hue. verb (used with or without object), wanned, wanning.

      5. to become or make wan.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be wan in days."

      "people can be wan in/at/on mornings."

      "people can be wan in weeks."

      "lines can be wan."

      "people can be wan."

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      (wan)Old English wann ‘dark, black’, of unknown origin.