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- Rhymes: -ɒn
Adjectivewan (comparative wanner, superlative wannest)
- Pale, sickly-looking.
- Dim, faint.
- A wan light from a single bulb
- Bland, uninterested.
- A wan expression
- A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, wān, wán, wǎn, or wàn.
English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.
- IPA: /wɑn/
- Alternative spelling of wann (third-person preterite singular of winnan).
- Grendel wan hwile wið Hroþgar. Grendel long fought against Hrothgar. (Beowulf ll. 151-2)
- (cardinal) one
- to want
- The number one.
- One. Used with units of measurement and in times: wan aua, wan klok. See also wanpela.
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