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[wish-fuh l] /ˈwɪʃ fəl/
having or showing a wish; desirous; longing.
Origin of wishful
1515-25; wish + -ful
Related forms
wishfully, adverb
wishfulness, noun
unwishful, adjective
unwishfully, adverb
unwishfulness, noun Unabridged
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  • He was happy, but still he turned with longing eyes and wishful heart to the North.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • We are weary of our voyage of discovery and wishful to arrive at the promised land.

    Hilaire Belloc C. Creighton Mandell
  • Alone in his room at the hotel, Bartley wondered what would have happened if wishful had not rapped Panhandle on the head.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • I have been wishful to feel upon my brow the pressure of the great crown.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • wishful's respect for the Easterner had been greatly enhanced by the recent horse-deal.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
British Dictionary definitions for wishful


having wishes or characterized by wishing
Derived Forms
wishfully, adverb
wishfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wishful

1520s, from wish (n.) + -ful. Related: Wishfully; wishfulness. Wishful thinking is recorded from 1932.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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