[ 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.

  1. having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire: a longing look.

Origin of longing

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English langung; equivalent to long2 + -ing1

synonym study For longing

1. See desire.

Other words for longing

Opposites for longing

Other words from longing

  • long·ing·ly, adverb
  • long·ing·ness, noun

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How to use longing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for longing


/ (ˈlɒŋɪŋ) /

  1. a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

  1. having or showing desire or need: a longing look

Derived forms of longing

  • longingly, adverb

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