tristful

adjective

trist·​ful ˈtrist-fəl How to pronounce tristful (audio)
tristfully adverb
tristfulness noun

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The Middle English word trist, from which tristful is derived, means "sad." Today, we spell this word triste (echoing the spelling of its French ancestor, a descendant of the Latin tristis), whereas tristful has continued to be spelled without the e. Is there a connection between triste ("sad") and tryst ("a secret rendezvous of lovers")? No. Tryst also traces back to a Middle English trist, but it is a different word, a noun that is a synonym of trust. This other word trist eventually fell into disuse, but before doing so, it may have given rise to a word for a station used by hunters, which in turn led to tryst.

Word History

Etymology

Middle English trist sad, from Anglo-French triste

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tristful was in the 15th century

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“Tristful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tristful. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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