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longing

[lawng-ing, long-] /ˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ-/
noun
1.
strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant:
filled with longing for home.
2.
an instance of this:
a sudden longing to see old friends.
adjective
3.
having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire:
a longing look.
Origin of longing
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English langung; see long2, -ing1
Related forms
longingly, adverb
longingness, noun
Synonyms
1. aspiration. 3. desirous, yearning.
Antonyms
1. apathy.
Synonym Study
1. See desire.
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  • "How I wish you could live near me, Emma," she said longingly.

  • Uncle Matthew had spoken so sadly and so longingly that John had deeply pitied him.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Then he said longingly, "I'm about to catch up on some sleep."

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Dick looked after her longingly and heaved a mountainous sigh.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • "I wish I had as much money as you," said Jonathan, longingly.

    The Telegraph Boy Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • She saw the Boston post-mark, and stretched out her hands for it longingly.

    A Princess in Calico

    Edith Ferguson Black
  • And so that fell to Father Peter's lot for which he had sighed so longingly.

  • Dick also glanced at him longingly as he said “last summer”.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • "It's the house of Grierson that should rejoice," he said longingly.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young
British Dictionary definitions for longingly

longing

/ˈlɒŋɪŋ/
noun
1.
a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
adjective
2.
having or showing desire or need: a longing look
Derived Forms
longingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for longingly

longing

n.

"yearning, desire," Old English langung "longing, weariness, sadness, dejection," from long (v.). Related: Longingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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