longing

[lawng-ing, long-]
noun
1.
strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home.
2.
an instance of this: a sudden longing to see old friends.
adjective
3.
having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire: a longing look.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English langung; see long2, -ing1

longingly, adverb
longingness, noun


1. aspiration. See desire. 3. desirous, yearning.


1. apathy.
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longing (ˈlɒŋɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
 
adj
2.  having or showing desire or need: a longing look
 
'longingly
 
adv

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long
O.E. lang, long, from P.Gmc. *langgaz (cf. O.H.G., Ger. lang, O.N. langr, M.Du. lanc, Goth. laggs "long"), perhaps from PIE *dlonghos- (cf. L. longus, O.Pers. darga-, Pers. dirang, Skt. dirghah, Gk. dolikhos "long," Gk. endelekhes "perpetual," L. indulgere "to indulge"). The adv. is from O.E. lange,
longe, from the adjective. The word illustrates the O.E. tendency for short "a" to become short "o" before -n- (also retained in bond/band and W. Midlands dial. lond from land and hond from hand). Long vowels (c.1000) originally were pronounced for an extended time. Long-playing (phonograph record) is from 1929; abbreviation LP is from 1948. Long-distance in ref. to telephoning is from 1884. Long in the tooth (1852) is from horses showing age by recession of gums. Long run "ultimate outcome" is attested from 1627. Long time no see, imitative of Amer.Indian speech, is first recorded 1900.

long
O.E. langian "to yearn, to seem long," lit. "to grow long," from P.Gmc. *langojanan (see long (adj.)). Related to O.N. langa, M.Du. langhen, O.H.G. langen, Ger. verlangen "to desire." Related: Longing, longingly.
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Long (lông), Crawford Williamson. 1815-1878.

American surgeon and pioneer anesthetist who was among the first (1842) to use ether as an anesthetic.

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Example sentences
While looking longingly into the distant present, by way of my rose colored
  shades.
As a matter of fact almost everybody was longingly wishing that precisely this
  would happen.
He would then gaze longingly out the window and walk away.
My pal walked over and gazed longingly through the strong iron grating that
  protected the galley skylight.
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