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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
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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Examples from the web for wistfully
  • To those who view the heart romantically, or who wistfully look back on the time when this.
  • We will surely look back on the current resistance to the e-book wistfully.
  • She said often and wistfully that she wanted to go home, which was unlikely to happen.
  • Your article is nostalgically and wistfully self-serving.
  • Never doubt it, though you could not be blamed if you wistfully wondered.
British Dictionary definitions for wistfully

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 wistfully

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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