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]

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