longing

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

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.

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Origin of longing

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

synonym study for longing

1. See desire.

OTHER WORDS FROM longing

long·ing·ly, adverblong·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for longing

longing
/ (ˈlɒŋɪŋ) /

noun

a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

adjective

having or showing desire or needa longing look

Derived forms of longing

longingly, adverb
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