characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning.
pensive, especially in a melancholy way.
quiet, silent, attentive (variant of
reflective, musing, meditative, forlorn.
sadly pensive, esp about something yearned for
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One can't help feeling wistful while gazing at this final scene.
He looked at me with the same old gentle, wistful smile.
Admissions deans have perfected the wistful tone of regret.
All of this can make old-timers a little wistful for simpler times.
In the first verse, the singer is wistful about the lover but thinks they might still have a chance.
The reader is left with a wistful, orphaned feeling at the end.
There is something undeniably old-fashioned about her, nostalgic, even wistful.
It evokes a sort of wistful nostalgia that tugs at my poor sad guts.
Hundreds of bands play wistful choruses over the same four chords and don't get much further than the garage or local bar.
Between these two margins come many wistful, pleading, or triumphant notes.
Sean, the youngest adult in the room, felt momentarily wistful for the sweat and clarity of football in fall air.
Despite the good cheer, there's a wistful undertone to the proceedings.
It's in the sepia-drenched streetscapes, the wistful music, the mid-century slang.
While this is occasionally a wistful book, it isn't sad.
He may remember it, but he does not know what happened to it, he said with a wistful smile on his face.
On the ground below the feeder, white-throated sparrows kept on chicken-scratching and singing their wistful song.
Something about these flying wonders touche s our hearts and makes us wistful at summer's end.
Still, the longtime education leader is a little wistful about leaving.