wishful

[ wish-fuh l ]
/ ˈwɪʃ fəl /

adjective

having or showing a wish; desirous; longing.

Nearby words

  1. wish list,
  2. wish on,
  3. wish-wash,
  4. wishbone,
  5. wishbone boom,
  6. wishful thinking,
  7. wishfully,
  8. wishing well,
  9. wisht,
  10. wishy-washy

Origin of wishful

First recorded in 1515–25; wish + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for wishful

wishful

/ (ˈwɪʃfʊl) /

adjective

having wishes or characterized by wishing
Derived Formswishfully, adverbwishfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for wishful

wishful

adj.

1520s, from wish (n.) + -ful. Related: Wishfully; wishfulness. Wishful thinking is recorded from 1932.

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