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pining

[ pahy-ning ]
/ ˈpaɪ nɪŋ /
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adjective
suffering with or expressing longing or yearning for someone or something:Exposing her vulnerability and loneliness, the poet addresses her country as would a pining woman in a letter to her beloved in a distant land.Her pining vocals on these tracks throb with the loneliness and emptiness of fresh separation.
failing gradually in health or vitality, especially from grief, regret, or longing:The day after the altercation he took sick, and continued in a pining and languishing condition till his death, which soon ensued.
noun
the act or state of yearning or longing, or of gradually failing in health or vitality:It’s a story of the pining we all feel for the pleasures of our childhood and the relationships that once held us in safety.
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Origin of pining

pin(e)2 + -ing2 for the adjective senses; pin(e)2 + -ing1 for the noun sense
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