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Definition wan

Etymology 1

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”), from Proto-Germanic *wannaz (“dark, swart”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Frisian wann, wonn (“dark”).


wan (comparative wanner, superlative wannest)

  1. Pale, sickly-looking.
  2. Dim, faint.
  3. Bland, uninterested.

wan (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being wan; wanness.

Etymology 2

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.


wan (plural wans)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of one, representing Ireland English.
  2. (Ireland) A girl or woman.

Etymology 3

An inflected form.



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

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