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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English, from Old English ƿann (dark, dusky), from Proto-Germanic *wannaz (dark, swart), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Frisian wann, wonn (dark).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wan (comparative wanner, superlative wannest)

  1. Pale, sickly-looking.
    • Spenser
      Sad to view, his visage pale and wan.
    • Longfellow
      the wan moon overhead
    • 1921, Edgar Rice Burrows, The Efficiency Expert[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2012:
      She looked wan and worried, ...
  2. 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.
  3. Bland, uninterested.
    A wan expression
SynonymsEdit
TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

wan (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being wan; wanness.
    • Tennyson
      Tinged with wan from lack of sleep.

Etymology 2Edit

Eye dialect spelling of one. Sense extended possibly as a result of the phrase your wan as a counterpart to your man.

NounEdit

wan (plural wans)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of one, representing Ireland English.
  2. (Ireland) girl or woman
    • 2011, David McWilliams, The Pope's Children: The Irish Economic Triumph and the Rise of Ireland's New Elite, John Wiley & Sons ISBN 9781118045374, page 4
      The young wans, despite a couple of babies, were more or less the same, pinched, flat-chested and drawn.
    • 2013, Elaine Crowley, The Ways Of Women, Hachette UK ISBN 9781409149149
      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.
    • 2015, Kevin Maher, Last Night on Earth, Hachette UK ISBN 9781408705094
      ... 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

Etymology 3Edit

Inflected forms.

VerbEdit

wan

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

AnagramsEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Ultimately from Latin vannus.

NounEdit

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

  1. winnowing basket

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

wan

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

GothicEdit

RomanizationEdit

wan

  1. Romanization of 𐍅𐌰𐌽

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

wan

  1. Rōmaji transcription of わん

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

wan

  1. Nonstandard spelling of wān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of wán.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of wǎn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of wàn.

Usage notesEdit

  • 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.

Nigerian PidginEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English want.

VerbEdit

wan

  1. want, want to

NooneEdit

NounEdit

wan (plural boom)

  1. child

ReferencesEdit


North FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

VerbEdit

wan

  1. (Föhr-Amrum Dialect) to win

ConjugationEdit



Old EnglishEdit

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Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

wan

  1. third-person singular of winnan
    Grendel wan hwile wið Hroþgar.Grendel long fought against Hrothgar.
    (Beowulf ll. 151-2)

PipilEdit

PronunciationEdit

RelationalEdit

-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

DeclensionEdit

ConjunctionEdit

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

ScotsEdit

NumeralEdit

wan

  1. (West Central Scots) one.

Sranan TongoEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From English one.

NumberEdit

wan

  1. (cardinal) one

Etymology 2Edit

From English want.

VerbEdit

wan

  1. to want

Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English one.

NounEdit

wan

  1. The number one.
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:5 (translation here):
      Tulait em i kolim “De,” na tudak em i kolim “Nait.” Nait i go pinis na moning i kamap. Em i de namba wan.
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NumeralEdit

wan

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