longing

[lawng-ing, long-]

noun

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.

adjective

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 formslong·ing·ly, adverblong·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms for longing

Synonym study

1. See desire.

Antonyms for longing

1. apathy.
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British Dictionary definitions for longingly

longing

noun

a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

adjective

having or showing desire or needa longing look
Derived Formslongingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for longingly

longing

n.

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

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