Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1(of a person's complexion or appearance) pale and giving the impression of illness or exhaustion.‘she was looking wan and bleary-eyed’
pale, pallid, ashen, white, white as a sheet, greyView synonyms
- ‘Outside, the once splendid Nevski Prospekt (St. Petersburg's O'Connell Street) is in need of a lick of paint and seems to be trying desperately to become European, but its people are grey and wan.’
- ‘Judging from his wan appearance, however, it was clear that the show had taken its toll.’
- ‘Warhol devised the most telling face of fame - wan, bleached out, with a camera hanging from the neck.’
- ‘‘After several days of flying in space, the astronauts may look wan and sallow, so medical staff will put make-up on them to make them look ruddy,’ the newspaper said.’
- ‘Anyway - if you feel the need to be pasty, wan and outraged, you can always write to me and tell me how you feel.’
- ‘Estelle grew from a wan, sickly child into a lovely maiden, her skin pale as the moonlight and hair as raven as the starless night.’
- ‘Eli reminded me of an older Bob Dylan, his size and wan complexion and his face.’
- ‘Körbes, normally luminous on the State Theater stage, here never seemed to come alive, looking wan and passive, and was completely overshadowed by either.’
- ‘Doyle still slept, looking wan and exhausted, but that hint of a smile was still there.’
- ‘When he arrived home that night, he looked wan, slightly more drained than usual.’
- 1.1(of light) pale; weak.‘the wan dawn light’
dim, faint, weak, feeble, pale, watery, wishy-washyView synonyms
- ‘One need only stand in the aisle marked Produce to understand how the wan light obscuring the bruised fruit makes all of our decisions more difficult.’
- ‘The stones on the bottom of the brook were flat and greenish in the wan afternoon light.’
- ‘Sunlight filtered upon their tired, wan faces and I knew I looked the same.’
- ‘She leaned forward, elbows on knees and her head in the wan moonlight as she smiled.’
- ‘There might not be as many shadows to cling to, but the light from lamp posts was wan and deceiving; he could hide well enough if he needed to.’
- ‘Eric Gautier photographed it, with frequent and unnecessary use of the wan light and monochromatic effects that are now high-fashion clichés of their own.’
- ‘It could just be the light, but she looks pretty wan to me, and too skinny - like the one in four women under 25 who now describe themselves as vegetarians.’
- ‘Instead, our wars exposed the limits of our capability and cast a wan light on many of our cherished illusions.’
- 1.2(of a smile) weak; strained.
- ‘Elsa shook it off with a shrug of the shoulders and a wan smile.’
- ‘She gave him a wan smile when she saw him, and lifted herself to a sitting position carefully.’
- ‘Sighing wearily, Isabella shifted her gaze to her mother with a wan smile on her lips.’
- ‘He glanced over his shoulders at his slightly meaner looking co-workers and offered Mary a wan smile.’
- ‘My light-hearted offer to provide a dumpster was usually met with a wan smile.’
- ‘With a wan smile, Delaney removed her license from her wallet and showed it to him.’
- ‘When deep brown eyes finally opened and she stared up at him, she gave him a wan smile that caused a cringe as the sore skin on her cheek stretched greatly.’
- ‘I gave him a wan smile, ‘As well as can be expected, I suppose.’’
- ‘He gave Jean a wan smile before grabbing a baguette at the table.’
- ‘But her gaze cleared, and she managed a wan smile.’
- ‘In another image, two bored children gaze at the camera, the older one giving the camera a wan smile.’
- ‘Sarah looked up from her conversation with Jake with a wan smile.’
- ‘‘Come on then,’ he said, and gave her a wan smile.’
- ‘‘Hello, Susanna,’ Westley said, a wan smile on his face.’
- ‘‘I actually didn't think that was a big deal,’ says Pottruck, a wan smile playing across his broad face.’
- ‘Amy gave her a wan smile, and moved to stand beside her. her eyes were red from crying, and her armour was mangled in more than a few places.’
- ‘‘No, I didn't know that,’ he says quietly, offering a wan smile.’
- ‘But he gives her a wan smile, the best he can manage under the circumstances.’
- ‘She almost manages a wan smile, but misses a bit on the execution.’
- ‘Tamani offered him a wan smile, ‘Thank you, Sir Pontelau.’’
- 1.3literary (of the sea) without luster; dark and gloomy.
Old English wann dark, black of unknown origin.
Wide area network.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.