wan etymology

English word wan comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂-, Proto-Indo-European *ewā-, Proto-Germanic *wannaz, Old English wann (Dark.)

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Detailed word origin of wan

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₁weh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ewā- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wannaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
wann Old English (ang) Dark.
ƿann Old English (ang) (preterite of winnan).
*wāno- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wanaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Lacking, deficient, absent.
wan Old English (ang)
wanne Middle English (enm)
wan English (eng) The quality of being wan; wanness. Bland, uninterested.. Dim, faint.. Pale, sickly-looking.

Words with the same origin as wan

Descendants of *h₁weh₂-
vacancy vacant vacate vacuum vain vanish vanity want wanted wanting