wistful

[ wist-fuhl ]
/ ˈwɪst fəl /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. wist,
  2. wistaria,
  3. wister,
  4. wister, owen,
  5. wisteria,
  6. wistfully,
  7. wisła,
  8. wit,
  9. witan,
  10. witblits

Origin of wistful

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wistfully

wistful

/ (ˈwɪstfʊl) /

adjective

sadly pensive, esp about something yearned for
Derived Formswistfully, adverbwistfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for wistfully

wistful

adj.

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.

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