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wishful

[wish-fuh l] /ˈwɪʃ fəl/
adjective
1.
having or showing a wish; desirous; longing.
Origin of wishful
1515-1525
First recorded in 1515-25; wish + -ful
Related forms
wishfully, adverb
wishfulness, noun
unwishful, adjective
unwishfully, adverb
unwishfulness, noun
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  • But, in spite of these ordinary defects, he was fond of his work and wishful to excel in it.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He looked at me real sharp, an' sort of wishful, and then he says, "You look like a good woman."

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • I can tell that Emily is wishful to pass through this structure.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • I hoped that I was correct; maybe it was wishful thinking, but I claim that right.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • We are weary of our voyage of discovery and wishful to arrive at the promised land.

    Hilaire Belloc C. Creighton Mandell
British Dictionary definitions for wishful

wishful

/ˈwɪʃfʊl/
adjective
1.
having wishes or characterized by wishing
Derived Forms
wishfully, adverb
wishfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wishful
adj.

1520s, from wish (n.) + -ful. Related: Wishfully; wishfulness. Wishful thinking is recorded from 1932.

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