“To me each of those names is so significant,” Zinsser says wistfully.
“Fathers used to come to the prison to marry their daughters off to us,” he said wistfully.
Throughout, these weighty matters are examined candidly and wistfully, with the wisdom that only age and inwardness can bring.
Years later, John Lewis recalled to me wistfully: “There was so much optimism, so much hope.”
(1.2.35–38) This wistfully fluid elasticity of self is a great challenge for an actor.
"I wish you would come up to dinner to-night," said Tom, wistfully.
Her eyes followed him wistfully: it was not his habit to leave her thus abruptly.
Frankly he wrote to his mother—his mammy he wistfully called her.
And as he spoke, Cesarini turned keenly and wistfully round.
"With my present outfit I can amble clear across to Oregon," he assured himself, wistfully.
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.