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
Examples of wistful
She was wistful for a moment, then asked, “Do you remember the old playground?”.
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
Definition of wistful
: feeling or showing a quiet longing especially for something in the past
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