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 forgot all about Da Souza and his threats, about the broken-down, half-witted old man who was gazing with wistful eyes across the ocean which kept him there, an exile - he remembered nothing save the wonderful, new thing which had come into his life.
Yes, the conscience is clear and the song is clear, and so these little streams flow on, shining in the clear dawn of a golden past to which all poets and philosophers to come will turn with wistful eyes.
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.
When our eyes first met, she regarded me with a wistful, questioning look, as if she were troubled by some doubt which she shrunk from expressing in words.
His dim watery eyes were fixed on my face with an expression of vacant and wistful inquiry very painful to see.
He was feeling stuffier and stuffier, and more and more wistful to learn what he wanted done to his nose, but he pursued them with the vital question in vain; the timid creatures ran from him, and even the Lancers, when he approached them up the Hump, turned swiftly into a side-walk, on the pretence that they saw him there.
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.
At the evening encampment, when others were busy gathering fuel, providing for the horses, and cooking the evening repast, this worthy Sancho of the wilderness would take his seat quietly and cosily by the fire, puffing away at his pipe, and eyeing in silence, but with wistful intensity of gaze, the savory morsels roasting for supper.
He stood in the window, drumming against the raised sash, and feeling in every fibre the wistful tenderness with which she had spoken her cousin's name.
Her wistful eyes were gazing into mine continually.
Instead, and after a wistful, searching look, he snuggled in, burrowing his head out of sight between the master's arm and body.
With the "rose-red" girl, Stella Maynard, and the "dream girl," Priscilla Grant, she soon became intimate, finding the latter pale spiritual-looking maiden to be full to the brim of mischief and pranks and fun, while the vivid, black-eyed Stella had a heartful of wistful dreams and fancies, as aerial and rainbow-like as Anne's own.