Origin of wistful
Examples from the Web for wistfully
“It was a magical feeling, leaving daylight to sneak into a theater,” he says wistfully.
Years later, John Lewis recalled to me wistfully: “There was so much optimism, so much hope.”“So Much Hope”: A Reporter Remembers the March on Washington|Hedrick Smith|August 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Throughout, these weighty matters are examined candidly and wistfully, with the wisdom that only age and inwardness can bring.
(1.2.35–38) This wistfully fluid elasticity of self is a great challenge for an actor.
She wistfully wondered aloud to me last year if she had made the right decision.
She looked at him wistfully, as if he might perhaps explain; but Vernon said nothing.Nell, of Shorne Mills|Charles Garvice
Mr. Dill looked at him wistfully as he stood on one foot curling his purple toes around the other knee.The Man from the Bitter Roots|Caroline Lockhart
And Margaret rose without a word; but her beautiful eyes rested on Erle a moment, wistfully, as though to bid him to be patient.Wee Wifie|Rosa Nouchette Carey
He said it calmly, wistfully: and, pausing for a moment, met the priest's eyes.Fort Amity|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
"I wish I was sure I knew the spelling," she said wistfully.A Little Girl in Old Boston|Amanda Millie Douglas
1610s, "closely attentive," from obsolete wist "intent" (c.1500), of uncertain origin. Perhaps formed on the model of wishful. The meaning of "yearningly eager" is first recorded 1714. Related: Wistfully; wistfulness.