(1.2.35–38) This wistfully fluid elasticity of self is a great challenge for an actor.
“To me each of those names is so significant,” Zinsser says wistfully.
She wistfully wondered aloud to me last year if she had made the right decision.
“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.
"I wish you would come up to dinner to-night," said Tom, wistfully.
"My lady, my dear lady—" he began, and paused and looked at her wistfully.
Frankly he wrote to his mother—his mammy he wistfully called her.
When this did not work, the children stared at each other wistfully.
"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.