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wistful

[ wist-fuhl ]
/ ˈwɪst fəl /
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adjective

characterized by melancholy or longing.
pensive, especially in a melancholy way.

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Origin of wistful

First recorded in 1605–15; obsolete wist “quiet, silent, attentive” (variant of whist2) + -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM wistful

wist·ful·ly, adverbwist·ful·ness, nounun·wist·ful, adjectiveun·wist·ful·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wistful

wistful
/ (ˈwɪstfʊl) /

adjective

sadly pensive, esp about something yearned for

Derived forms of wistful

wistfully, adverbwistfulness, noun
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