(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble

- the pale (or wan) stars

- the wan light of dawn

Similar word(s): weak, pale, pallid, sick

2. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress

- her wan face suddenly flushed

Similar word(s): colorless, colourless, pale, pallid

3. lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness

- a wan smile

Similar word(s): unanimated

Sentences with wan as an adjective:

- A wan expression


1. a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network

Definition categories: man–made


1. become pale and sickly

Definition categories: body, sicken