- to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully (often followed by for): to pine for one's home and family.
- to fail gradually in health or vitality from grief, regret, or longing (often followed by away): Separated by their families, the lovers pined away.
- Archaic. to be discontented; fret.
- Archaic. to suffer grief or regret over.
- Archaic. painful longing.
Origin of pine2
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Examples from the Web for pined
So I dropped Elite, and Ford—this agency that pined for me—is the same one that dropped me three months later.This Baby Can Work a Runway
September 9, 2014
Robbins pined for her, writing her passionate letters and visiting her in Warm Springs.The Tragic Downfall of Tanaquil Le Clercq, Ballet’s Greatest Muse
February 3, 2014
Across the ocean, in 1942, in her diary Anne Frank pined for a dog just like Rin Tin Tin while trapped in an attic.Must Love Dogs
September 30, 2011
But on the other, what Costas calls a new "meanness" is really the kind of sportswriterly hard-headedness that Lipsyte pined for.On the Peninsula
April 25, 2011
But still Mary pined so, he feared for her health—for his own unborn offspring.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Oh, how I pined for the sound of thy footstep when thou wert gone!Calderon The Courtier
Have we pined and languished for this happiness, Pyke, or have we not?'
I longed for home till I was weary, and pined away with grief, but now—'
I have pined for it there 's no other word these three years.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- any evergreen resinous coniferous tree of the genus Pinus, of the N hemisphere, with long needle-shaped leaves and brown cones: family PinaceaeSee also longleaf pine, nut pine, pitch pine, Scots pine
- any other tree or shrub of the family Pinaceae
- the wood of any of these trees
- any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as ground pine and screw pine
- (intr; often foll by for or an infinitive) to feel great longing or desire; yearn
- (intr often foll by away) to become ill, feeble, or thin through worry, longing, etc
- (tr) archaic to mourn or grieve for
- Courtney. born 1964, British jazz saxophonist and clarinettist
Word Origin and History for pined
"coniferous tree," Old English pin (in compounds), from Old French pin and directly from Latin pinus "pine, pine-tree, fir-tree," perhaps in reference to the sap or pitch, from PIE *peie- "to be fat, swell" (see fat (adj.)). Cf. Sanskrit pituh "juice, sap, resin," pitudaruh "pine tree," Greek pitys "pine tree." Also cf. pitch (n.1). Pine-top "cheap illicit whiskey," first recorded 1858, Southern U.S. slang. Pine-needle (n.) attested from 1866.
Old English pinian "to torture, torment, afflict, cause to suffer," from *pine "pain, torture, punishment," possibly ultimately from Latin poena "punishment, penalty," from Greek poine (see penal). A Latin word borrowed into Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch pinen, Old High German pinon, German Pein, Old Norse pina) with Christianity. Intransitive sense of "to languish, waste away," the main modern meaning, is first recorded early 14c. Related: Pined; pining.