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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.wistfully - in a wistful manner; "his sister would have looked beautiful in that dress, he thought wistfully, just like an angel"
Translations
بِكآبَه، بِحُزْن
vágyakozóan
meî löngunarfullum svip, dapurlega
özleyerek

wistfully

[ˈwɪstfəlɪ] ADV (= thoughtfully) → pensativamente; (= sadly) → con melancolía, tristemente
she looked at me wistfully (= thoughtfully) → me miró pensativa; (= sadly) → me miró melancólica or triste

wistfully

[ˈwɪstfʊli] advmélancoliquement

wistfully

adv smile, think, look, sighwehmütig

wistfully

[ˈwɪstfəlɪ] adv (see adj) → con rammarico, nostalgicamente

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 ?
Marilla looked back once as the buggy bounced along and saw that aggravating Matthew leaning over the gate, looking wistfully after them.
Her eyes dwelt wonderingly and rather wistfully upon Pete's face.
Presently she gave over sky- larking, and moved irresolutely about, sighing once or twice and glancing furtively and wistfully toward Tom.
She turned her shoulder upon him in silent scorn, and looked at Aynesworth a little wistfully.
All I could discern distinctly by the moonlight was a colourless, youthful face, meagre and sharp to look at about the cheeks and chin; large, grave, wistfully attentive eyes; nervous, uncertain lips; and light hair of a pale, brownish-yellow hue.
Yes, he was a noble-looking man, a noble-looking man," he repeated wistfully, and with an evident sympathy for the lovers which, I need hardly say, won my heart.
Latterly I had observed that Toby's melancholy had greatly increased, and I had frequently seen him since our arrival at the island gazing wistfully upon the shore, when the remainder of the crew would be rioting below.
So they sat down upon the bank and gazed wistfully at the Scarecrow until a Stork flew by, who, upon seeing them, stopped to rest at the water's edge.
I broke my fast in disappointed solitude, and I hung about disconsolate all the morning, looking wistfully for my new-made friend.
The child had kissed her uncle and aunt affectionately before she went upstairs, and now she looked around her little room rather wistfully, gazing at the simple trinkets and worn calico and gingham dresses, as if they were old friends.
You haven't any reason to be," Penelope answered just a little wistfully.
He stopped in the middle of the open space and looked wistfully and hungrily back at us.