wistful

[wist-fuhl]
adjective
1.
characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning.
2.
pensive, especially in a melancholy way.

Origin:
1605–15; obsolete wist quiet, silent, attentive (variant of whist2) + -ful

wistfully, adverb
wistfulness, noun
unwistful, adjective
unwistfully, adverb
unwistfulness, noun


2. reflective, musing, meditative, forlorn.
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wistful (ˈwɪstfʊl)
 
adj
sadly pensive, esp about something yearned for
 
'wistfully
 
adv
 
'wistfulness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

wistful
1613, "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.
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Example sentences
Or maybe all this rain's an intensifying element to my own wistfulness.
These times of innocence and wistfulness that all of us look back upon so
  fondly soon give way to more pressing realities.
As he described it, it had no component of sadness or wistfulness or
  affectlessness.
They're proud of their abilities to survive, but there's a strong undercurrent
  of wistfulness about their observations.
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