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wistful

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adjective wist·ful \ˈwist-fəl\

Simple Definition of wistful

  • : having or showing sad thoughts and feelings about something that you want to have or do and especially about something that made you happy in the past

Full Definition of wistful

  1. 1 :  full of yearning or desire tinged with melancholy; also :  inspiring such yearning <a wistful memoir>

  2. 2 :  musingly sad :  pensive <a wistful glance>

wist·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
wist·ful·ness noun

Examples of wistful

  1. She was wistful for a moment, then asked, Do you remember the old playground?.

  2. He had a wistful look on his face.



Origin of wistful

blend of wishful and obsolete English wistly intently


First Known Use: 1714

Rhymes with wistful


WISTFUL Defined for Kids

wistful

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adjective wist·ful \ˈwist-fəl\

Definition of wistful

  1. :  feeling or showing a quiet longing especially for something in the past

wist·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb <There had been a time, he remembered it wistfully, when things had been quite different … — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill>
wist·ful·ness noun




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