yearning

[ yur-ning ]
/ ˈyɜr nɪŋ /

noun

deep longing, especially when accompanied by tenderness or sadness: a widower's yearning for his wife.
an instance of such longing.

Nearby words

  1. yearling,
  2. yearlong,
  3. yearly,
  4. yearly meeting,
  5. yearn,
  6. yearningly,
  7. yeasayer,
  8. yeast,
  9. yeast cake,
  10. yeast nucleic acid

Origin of yearning

before 900; Middle English; Old English gierninge. See yearn, -ing1

Related formsyearn·ing·ly, adverbun·yearn·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See desire.

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British Dictionary definitions for yearningly

yearning

/ (ˈjɜːnɪŋ) /

noun

an intense or overpowering longing, desire, or need; craving
Derived Formsyearningly, adverb

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