wan´ness

wan´ness
wan1 «won», adjective, wan|ner, wan|nest, verb, wanned, wan|ning.
–adj.
1. lacking natural or normal color; pale: »

Her face looked wan after her long illness.

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under pale. (Cf.pale)
2. looking worn or tired; faint; weak: »

The sick boy gave the doctor a wan smile.

3. partially obscured; dim: »

a wan moon behind scudding clouds, the wan sunlight of winter.

4. lacking light or luster; dark-hued; dusky; gloomy.
5. Obsolete. sad; dismal.
–v.i.
to grow wan: »

His round cheek wans in the candlelight (Walter de la Mare).

[Old English wann dark (in hue); lacking luster; leaden, pale gray]
wan´ly, adverb.
wan´ness, noun.
wan2 «won», verb.
Archaic or Scottish. won, a past tense of win.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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