Definition of wanness in US English:



  • See wan

    • ‘Since that little cloud was dispelled all the temporary waste and wanness have vanished.’
    • ‘It is excellent, but it is not by means of water-carriage, a more than ordinary wanness had overspread the emaciated fingers through which trickled many passionate tears.’
    • ‘The boarding school novel has long been a droopy flower in the garden of American literature, and its wanness can be explained only in part by the fact that we don't have many boarding schools.’
    • ‘She maintains her wanness behind a cello, bowing away, all woebegone.’
    • ‘Then he took the perfumed linen sheet, wrapped it round him as a mantle, and turned away, to the wanness of the chill dawn.’