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)
- Pale, sickly-looking.
- Dim, faint.
- Bland, uninterested.
- The quality of being wan; wanness.
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)
- Eye dialect spelling of one, representing Ireland English.
- (Ireland) A girl or woman.
An inflected form.
- (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of win.