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English

Etymology

Old English wann (dark)

Pronunciation

Adjective

wan (comparative wanner, superlative wannest)

Positive
wan

Comparative
wanner

Superlative
wannest

  1. Pale, sickly-looking.
  2. Dim, faint.
    A wan light from a single bulb
  3. Bland, uninterested.
    A wan expression

Translations


Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

wan

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, wān, wán, wǎn, or wàn.

Usage notes

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.


Old English

Pronunciation

Verb

wan

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

Scots

Cardinal number

wan

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) one.

Sranan Tongo

Etymology 1

From English one.

Number

wan

  1. (cardinal) one

Etymology 2

From English want.

Verb

wan

  1. to want

Tok Pisin

Etymology

English one

Noun

wan

  1. The number one.

Cardinal number

wan

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

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