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Meaning of WISTFUL

Pronunciation:  'wistful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  showing pensive sadness; "the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty"
  2. [adj]  full of longing or unfulfilled desire; "those wistful little ads that the lovelorn place in the classifieds"

WISTFUL is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: pensive, sad, yearning



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Wist"ful\, a. [For wishful; perhaps influenced by
wistly, which is probably corrupted from OE. wisly certainly
(from Icel. viss certain, akin to E. wit). See {Wish}.]
1. Longing; wishful; desirous.

         Lifting up one of my sashes, I cast many a wistful,
         melancholy look towards the sea.      --Swift.

2. Full of thought; eagerly attentive; meditative; musing;
   pensive; contemplative.

         That he who there at such an hour hath been, Will
         wistful linger on that hallowed spot. --Byron.
   -- {Wist"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Wist"ful*ness}, n.