- 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
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Examples from the Web for longingly
I see a couple holding each other and longingly looking at flash sheets on the wall.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014
Sarah Bay Williams
November 2, 2014
"How I wish you could live near me, Emma," she said longingly.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Uncle Matthew had spoken so sadly and so longingly that John had deeply pitied him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Then he said longingly, "I'm about to catch up on some sleep."Pariah Planet
Dick looked after her longingly and heaved a mountainous sigh.The Rover Boys on the Farm
Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
"I wish I had as much money as you," said Jonathan, longingly.The Telegraph Boy
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
- having or showing desire or needa longing look
Word Origin and History for longingly
"yearning, desire," Old English langung "longing, weariness, sadness, dejection," from long (v.). Related: Longingly.