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  • adv. In a wan or pale manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a wan, or pale, manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a wan or pale manner; palely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a weak or pale or languid manner


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wan +‎ -ly


  • He leaned up against a wall and smiled kind of wanly and said, "This thing is going to go on for a while, isn't it?"

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  • One wanly said that as teachers of the Word, they had failed.

    American Grace

  • The mood in Haiti today reminds one of the wanly flickering orange glow of the kerosine lamps that Haiti's market women - known as ti machann - use to illuminate their wares as they work late into the night.

    Michael Deibert: Notes from Haiti's Long Hot Summer

  • He asked me for news of New York City, a place he admired for its creative chaos -- and with his ever-present cigarette in hand smiled wanly and spoke in low tones of the Czech people's "moment," the one that he was helping to create.

    Todd Brewster: Remembering Vaclav Havel

  • A little girl holding a flag, which droops wanly on her shoulder.

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  • After reading this you can stroke your goatee and state gravely: Of course it all comes down to Polk County, which – if my memory serves me correctly smile wanly – accounts for upwards of 20% of the statewide caucus vote.

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  • Women sit wanly before little pyramids of tomatoes, onions, and oranges.

    The Next Empire

  • “Everything else,” Friedman wanly admits, “is less satisfying” than launching Cosmos 2 as originally planned, and maybe that self-evident fact will somehow keep the full mission alive.

    Across the Universe

  • As she camps out nightly on the living-room floor, Maggie wanly remarks "I have na been in a bed since I was in maternity with Marina."

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  • "Were Carnegie alive to read this grievous book, he would clutch his chest … smile wanly for a few minutes he didn't like to make others feel bad, then keel over into his cornflakes," wrote Dwight Garner.

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