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[lawng-ing, long-]
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  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.
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  1. having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire: a longing look.
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Origin of longing

before 1000; Middle English; Old English langung; see long2, -ing1
Related formslong·ing·ly, adverblong·ing·ness, noun

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1. See desire.

Antonyms for longing

1. apathy.
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British Dictionary definitions for longingly


  1. a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
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  1. having or showing desire or needa longing look
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Derived Formslongingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for longingly



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

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