In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Eli reminded me of an older Bob Dylan, his size and wan complexion and his face.
- 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.
- When he arrived home that night, he looked wan, slightly more drained than usual.
- 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.
- Judging from his wan appearance, however, it was clear that the show had taken its toll.
- 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.
- ‘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.
- Warhol devised the most telling face of fame - wan, bleached out, with a camera hanging from the neck.
2(dim, feeble)(moon) pálido(light) tenue(light) pálido(smile) lánguido
- 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.
- And so, I walked in without my customary bright smile, wan, blinking hard.
- She leaned forward, elbows on knees and her head in the wan moonlight as she smiled.
- 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.
- I wasn't, though I probably just murmured something vague in reply, and I may have given a wan smile.
- John insisted on kissing them as well, bringing the first wan smiles to their faces after the events of the night.
- She smiled a wan sort of smile, and glanced around at what should be the living room.
- Instead, our wars exposed the limits of our capability and cast a wan light on many of our cherished illusions.
- 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.
- ‘Total dedication,’ she said with a somewhat wan smile: she had come in on the day of my visit despite being in intense pain from a suspected slipped disc.
- Allyson paused, listening to the soft melody, a shy smile spreading over her wan features.
- The woman sitting next to me, a blonde South African wearing jeans and fashionable spectacles looks at me, raises an eyebrow, gives me a wan smile and gets up to leave.
- She gazes toward, but beyond the viewer with a slightly wan and wistful smile, as though she has a secret somewhere deep inside.
- Other bands might get away with this on intensity alone, but Harcourt's straightforward, predictable manner leaves his wan material desperately lacking.
- Sunlight filtered upon their tired, wan faces and I knew I looked the same.
- The stones on the bottom of the brook were flat and greenish in the wan afternoon light.
- 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 secretary looked up momentarily and gave her a wan smile.
- The smile she gave Wanda Bryk was the rueful, wan, chastened smile of someone who had just come through a crying spell.
- Often the answer would be in the form of a wan smile or silence.
- Ellen suppressed another shudder and gave a wan smile that she hoped he would take to mean the week would be a long one for her.
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