: 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
- 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
First Known Use: 1714
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