[ lawng-ing, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ- /


strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home.
an instance of this: a sudden longing to see old friends.


having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire: a longing look.

Origin of longing

before 1000; Middle English; Old English langung; see long2, -ing1

Related forms

long·ing·ly, adverblong·ing·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See desire.
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British Dictionary definitions for longingly


/ (ˈlɒŋɪŋ) /


a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need


having or showing desire or needa longing look

Derived Forms

longingly, adverb
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