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wistful

[wist-fuh l] /ˈwɪst fəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning.
2.
pensive, especially in a melancholy way.
Origin of wistful
1605-1615
1605-15; obsolete wist quiet, silent, attentive (variant of whist2) + -ful
Related forms
wistfully, adverb
wistfulness, noun
unwistful, adjective
unwistfully, adverb
unwistfulness, noun
Synonyms
2. reflective, musing, meditative, forlorn.
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wistful

/ˈwɪstfʊl/
adjective
1.
sadly pensive, esp about something yearned for
Derived Forms
wistfully, adverb
wistfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wistful
adj.

1610s, "closely attentive," from obsolete wist "intent" (c.1500), of uncertain origin. Perhaps formed on the model of wishful. The meaning of "yearningly eager" is first recorded 1714. Related: Wistfully; wistfulness.

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