wistful

[ wist-fuhl ]
/ ˈwɪst fəl /

adjective

characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning.
pensive, especially in a melancholy way.

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Origin of wistful

1605–15; obsolete wist quiet, silent, attentive (variant of whist2) + -ful

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wistful
/ (ˈwɪstfʊl) /

adjective

sadly pensive, esp about something yearned for

Derived forms of wistful

wistfully, adverbwistfulness, noun
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