- 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 pining
“My character was only intended to be in the pilot, and started out very weepy and pining for Archer,” says Greer.‘Archer’ Season 6 Preview: Cast and Crew on Rebranding and Dropping ISIS
October 27, 2014
While on her honeymoon with poet W.B. Yeats, she was devastated to discover he was pining for another woman.Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 13, 2014
As the idea of commercial drones edges closer, one Colorado man is pining for the right to shoot them down.Drone Hunting Vote Is Squashed by Citizen Protest
December 10, 2013
If the downfall of Alex Rodriguez leaves you pining for a true sports hero, try skateboarder Danny Renaud.The Fall and Rise of Skateboarder Danny Renaud
August 21, 2013
To Rome With Love has us pining for pizzas (and a night with Penelope Cruz).Around the World With Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love,’ More (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast Video
June 18, 2012
This was no morbid sentimentalist; no pining, heart-broken woman.Hetty's Strange History
Now let us enter the carriage, for I am just pining to hear what it is you have on hand.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
I warrant that she is pining away for want of a crust of bread.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
None of us was pining to hold any sociables with the Malabistos.Shorty McCabe
"Evidently you have all been pining for me," says Molly, gayly.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- 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 pining
"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.