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wistful

wistful

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

1
:  full of yearning or desire tinged with melancholy; also :  inspiring such yearning <a wistful memoir>
2
:  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

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