1. [ adjective ] (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
Synonyms: pale pallid

"the pale light of a half moon" "a pale sun" "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street" "a pallid sky" "the pale (or wan) stars"

Related terms: weak
2. [ verb ] become pale and sickly
Related terms: sicken
3. [ adjective ] (color) abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
Synonyms: pale pallid

"the pallid face of the invalid" "her wan face suddenly flushed"

Related terms: colorless
4. [ adjective ] lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness

"a wan smile"

Related terms: unanimated
5. [ noun ] Woman's first name, popularity rank in the U.S. is 3671
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 9487
7. [ noun ] (computer science) a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network
Synonyms: wide_area_network
Related terms: computer_network
Similar spelling:   Wann