adjective wist·ful \ˈwist-fəl\

: 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

:  full of yearning or desire tinged with melancholy; also :  inspiring such yearning <a wistful memoir>
:  musingly sad :  pensive <a wistful glance>
wist·ful·ly \-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


adjective wist·ful \ˈwist-fəl\

Definition of WISTFUL for Kids

:  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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