Wistful 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Longing; wishful; desirous. [1913 Webster]

Lifting up one of my sashes, I cast many a wistful, melancholy look towards the sea. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. Full of thought; eagerly attentive; meditative; musing; pensive; contemplative. [1913 Webster]

That he who there at such an hour hath been, Will wistful linger on that hallowed spot. --Byron. [1913 Webster] -- {Wist"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Wist"ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • wistfully — adv. Wistfully is used with these verbs: ↑gaze, ↑recall, ↑sigh, ↑think …   Collocations dictionary

  • wistfully — wistful ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing. DERIVATIVES wistfully adverb wistfulness noun. ORIGIN apparently from obsolete wistly intently , influenced by WISHFUL(Cf. ↑wishfully) …   English terms dictionary

  • wistfully — adverb in a wistful manner his sister would have looked beautiful in that dress, he thought wistfully, just like an angel • Derived from adjective: ↑wistful …   Useful english dictionary

  • wistfully — adverb see wistful …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wistfully — See wistful. * * * …   Universalium

  • wistfully — adverb In a wistful manner; <!other wording …   Wiktionary

  • wistfully — adv. in a wistful manner, longingly, yearningly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wistfully — wist·ful·ly …   English syllables

  • wistfully — See: wistful …   English dictionary

  • wistfully adv — I d like to play Bridge but hate the bidding, Tom said wistfully …   English expressions

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”