- deep longing, especially when accompanied by tenderness or sadness: a widower's yearning for his wife.
- an instance of such longing.
Origin of yearning
1. See desire.
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Examples from the Web for yearningly
Helen looked up and caught the eyes so yearningly regarding her.The Law-Breakers
I had feared that the yearningly inquisitive Sarah might also be there.John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein
Frank R. Stockton
He must go with us—Jimmy,” broke out Helena yearningly: “and so must you.The Lady and the Pirate
She watched him yearningly until he felt her gaze and looked at her.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
He slipped an arm around her yearningly, and then the storm within her broke.Children of the Desert
- an intense or overpowering longing, desire, or need; craving
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