wistful


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wist·ful

 (wĭst′fəl)
adj.
1. Full of melancholy longing or wishful yearning: "She seemed wistful for the old days when I'd hung around her all the time" (David Huddle).
2. Expressing sadness or yearning: "She saw the wisftul eyes grow yet more wistful, the lips curve to a pleading smile" (Dorothy Parker).

[Alteration (influenced by wishful) of obsolete wistly, intently, perhaps from variant of whistly, whishtly, silently, from whist, silent, from whist, hush! (interjection calling for silence), from Middle English, of imitative origin.]

wist′ful·ly adv.
wist′ful·ness n.

wistful

(ˈwɪstfʊl)
adj
sadly pensive, esp about something yearned for
ˈwistfully adv
ˈwistfulness n

wist•ful

(ˈwɪst fəl)

adj.
1. characterized by a pensive longing or yearning.
2. pensive, esp. in a melancholy way.
[1605–15; obsolete wist quiet, silent, attentive + -ful]
wist′ful•ly, adv.
wist′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wistful - showing pensive sadness; "the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty"
sad - experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness; "feeling sad because his dog had died"; "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad"- Christina Rossetti

wistful

adjective melancholy, longing, dreaming, sad, musing, yearning, thoughtful, reflective, dreamy, forlorn, mournful, contemplative, meditative, pensive, disconsolate There was a wistful look in his eyes when he spoke of his childhood.

wistful

adjective
Translations
حَزين، كَئيب
længselsfuldvemodig
vágyakozó
löngunarfullur, dapurlegur
ilgpilnssapņains
túžobný
hasret çekenözlem dolu

wistful

[ˈwɪstfʊl] ADJ (= thoughtful) → pensativo; (= sad) → melancólico, triste

wistful

[ˈwɪstfʊl] adj [look, smile] → mélancolique
to look wistful → avoir l'air mélancolique
to feel wistful → se sentir déprimé(e)

wistful

adj smile, thoughts, mood, eyeswehmütig; song alsoschwermütig

wistful

[ˈwɪstfʊl] adj (look, smile) → pieno/a di rammarico; (nostalgic) → nostalgico/a

wistful

(ˈwistful) adjective
thoughtful and rather sad, (as if) longing for something with little hope. The dog looked into the butcher's window with a wistful expression on his face.
ˈwistfully adverb
ˈwistfulness noun
References in classic literature ?
He looked so wistful as he went away, hearing the frolic and evidently having none of his own.
God bless you," added the rugged woodsman, bending his head aside, and then instantly changing its direction again, with a wistful look toward the youth; "I loved both you and your father, Uncas, though our skins are not altogether of a color, and our gifts are somewhat difficult.
With what wistful look did he eye every trembling ray of light streaming across the waste fields from some distant window
His clear, listening face, framed in its smooth whiteness, made him for the minute as appealing as some wistful patient in a children's hospital; and I would have given, as the resemblance came to me, all I possessed on earth really to be the nurse or the sister of charity who might have helped to cure him.
So one should have thought, that witnessed the sunken and dejected expression on those dark faces; the wistful, patient weariness with which those sad eyes rested on object after object that passed them in their sad journey.
I was now too fond of you often to simulate the first whim; and, when I stretched my hand out cordially, such bloom and light and bliss rose to your young, wistful features, I had much ado often to avoid straining you then and there to my heart.
I dare say he rarely spoke a dozen words in an hour: but his quiet interest, and his wistful face, found immediate response in both their breasts; each knew that the other liked him, and that he loved both; and he became what no one else could be - a link between them.
At last, between little gushes of laughter which shook her plump shoulders in a way that aroused wistful memories of Hebe, she archly asked me, with mock solemnity, if I should need a lady's maid.
The hermit cast a wistful look upon the knight, in which there was a sort of comic expression of hesitation, as if uncertain how far be should act prudently in trusting his guest.
When she faced him again, he was motionless and dejected, with a wistful expression like that of a dog that has proffered a caress and received a kick.
I ordered him to set me down, and lifting up one of my sashes, cast many a wistful melancholy look towards the sea.
There was a wistful note in the girl's voice now and she had forgotten that she was bantering the Hon.