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.

Nearby words

  1. longi-,
  2. longicaudal,
  3. longicorn,
  4. longies,
  5. longinean,
  6. longingly,
  7. longinquity,
  8. longinus,
  9. longipennate,
  10. longirostral

Origin of longing

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

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

Synonym study

1. See desire.

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British Dictionary definitions for longingly

longing

/ (ˈlɒŋɪŋ) /

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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