Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WANS

That's what permotions is for, I'm thinkin'—to give the wans behoind you a chance.

I knowed th' owld-time gunmen—the wans they tell stories of.

It's gone on in the other wans to the assembly-rooms, and there it'll be exhibited the day after to-morrow.

It's gone on in the other wans to the room where it'll be exhibited the day after to-morrow.

Theres only two I kin trust an thems the wans as cooks for ye an serves the food.

There's them that wants permotion in such a hurry that they all but knocks over the wans in front of 'em.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wann "dark, lacking luster," later "leaden, pale, gray," of uncertain origin, and not found in other Germanic languages. The connecting notion is colorlessness. Perhaps related to wane.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.