Origin of wistful
OTHER WORDS FROM wistfulwist·ful·ly, adverbwist·ful·ness, nounun·wist·ful, adjective
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How to use wistful in a sentence
While the logic Old provides makes sense, I can imagine a better movie that ends 20 minutes earlier and gives fewer answers, leaving us with more of the unnerving, wistful sadness that always comes along with stories about aging and mortality.M. Night Shyamalan returns with Old, a floppy but haunting thriller about aging|Alissa Wilkinson|July 23, 2021|Vox
That makes him wistful because renderings of proteins hooked him on science.A sweet father-son bond inspires tasty new molecule models|Carmen Drahl|May 28, 2021|Science News
In wistful moments, when I find myself daydreaming about the faraway places that have seldom felt so distant, I often linger on a border region of central Africa.In East Africa, mountain gorillas and a new paradigm for wildlife travel|Henry Wismayer|April 23, 2021|Washington Post
Her wistful duet with Lee Brice, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” hit the top of the country charts last summer.
When she sings “it’s the first kiss, it’s flawless, it’s really something” on Fearless, she now sounds wistful as opposed to viscerally reliving a moment from a year or two ago.The Significance of Taylor Swift's Fearless in 2008—and How Taylor's Version Stacks Up|TIME Staff|April 9, 2021|Time
But for much of the country, these fleeting moments of wistful longing happen in the everyday-low-prices aisles of Walmart.Heartache by the Numbers and OkCupid’s Founder Has Got Yours|Will Doig|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It makes me feel sort of hopeful, and I have a wistful sort of longing for it.Joy Reid, MSNBC Anchor, on the Racism of the Tea Party, Family Dramas, and Why She Loves Boxing|Lloyd Grove|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Naomi Watts plays Diana as a sweet-natured, wistful, half-wit.Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring?|Tina Brown|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This puts into wistful perspective the developing consensus that we should do something about it.Climate Change is Here, Ready or Not. So What Now?|Eugene Linden|March 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Andy likes watching the toddlers, but he is wistful about his old life, and somewhat defensive about his new one.Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men Turned Me Into a Caricature|Andy Hinds|September 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Yes, Georgie loved the man, and looked up at him with wistful, trusting eyes.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
And during the days when no gray car appeared she faced the situation, took stock, as it were, and grew heavy-eyed and wistful.
She saw him as he had looked the night he had said he loved her, rather wistful and very, very tender.
"Yes; I suppose so," and a wistful look came into his eyes, while his face suggested pain.The Everlasting Arms|Joseph Hocking
"Aunt Mary says I do do that—all the time," rejoined Cordelia, with a wistful smile.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch|Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter