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[no-stal-jik nuh‐]
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  1. experiencing or exhibiting nostalgia, a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation.
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Origin of nostalgic

Related formsnos·tal·gi·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for nostalgic

sentimental, wistful, regretful, homesick, lonesome, longing, mushy, sappy, sloppy, yearning, drippy, cornball, syrupy

Examples from the Web for nostalgic

Contemporary Examples of nostalgic

Historical Examples of nostalgic

  • Some alumni might be nostalgic for the Gothic structures of their university days.

  • Grandfather was an Earthman and he used to get nostalgic for the homeworld.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • From Java's seething millions were the nostalgic three ever missed?

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

  • One nostalgic hood from Seattle said it reminded him of Skid Row there.

  • The waiter, a nostalgic look in his big blue eyes, went away.

    H. R.

    Edwin Lefevre

British Dictionary definitions for nostalgic


  1. of or characterized by nostalgia
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  1. a person who indulges in nostalgia
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Word Origin and History for nostalgic


1806, from nostalgia + -ic. Related: Nostalgically.

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