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Definitions for wistful
ˈwɪst fəlwist·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pensive, wistful(adj)

    showing pensive sadness

    "the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty"

Wiktionary

  1. wistful(Adjective)

    full of yearning or longing

    His eyes grew wistful as he recalled his university days.

  2. wistful(Adjective)

    sad and thoughtful

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wistful(adj)

    longing; wishful; desirous

  2. Wistful(adj)

    full of thought; eagerly attentive; meditative; musing; pensive; contemplative

  3. Origin: [For wishful; perhaps influenced by wistly, which is probably corrupted from OE. wisly certainly (from Icel. viss certain, akin to E. wit). See Wish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wistful

    wist′fōōl, adj. hushed: full of thought: thoughtful: earnest: eager, wishful, longing.—adv. Wist′fully.—n. Wist′fulness.—adv. Wist′ly (Shak.), silently, earnestly. [Most prob. for whistful, whistly—i.e. silently; and not conn. with wish. Skeat, however, makes it a substitution for wishful, confused with wisly=certainly—Ice. viss, certain (distinct from, yet allied to, víss, wise).]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wistful in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wistful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of wistful in a Sentence

  1. Alan Valentine:

    For thousands of years, father and son have stretched wistful hands across the canyon of time, each eager to help the other to his side, but neither quite able to desert the loyalties of his contemporaries. The relationship is always changing and hence always fragile nothing endures except the sense of difference.

  2. Jason Ward:

    These were powerful and influential people and they, you know, they certainly were not going anywhere, this also informs Biden's kind of wistful insistence on returning to some sort of era of bipartisanship, within his political lifetime -- he's not simply talking about Democrats and Republicans getting along. He's talking about getting along with, an extinct generation of Democrats.

  3. Mike Connor:

    Cadman Kiker said. In all, 2,501 Americans were among the 4,414 Allied troops killed on those beaches. Distance always fades memory, and it is a reason why the French remember the fallen soldiers more easily. From childhood, they visit the cemeteries, memorials and museums that dot the Normandy countryside. U.S. veterans are invariably impressed by what French youngsters still know about their feats, their undying gratitude, while many are wistful that those stories resonate less and less among American youths where they live. Its so frightening, if Cadman Kiker forget history, it is doomed to repeat itself.

  4. D. H. Lawrence:

    One watches them on the seashore, all the people, and there is something pathetic, almost wistful in them, as if they wished their lives did not add up to this scaly nullity of possession, but as if they could not escape. It is a dragon that has devoured us all: these obscene, scaly houses, this insatiable struggle and desire to possess, to possess always and in spite of everything, this need to be an owner, lest one be owned. It is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. One feels a sort of madness come over one, as if the world had become hell. But it is only superimposed: it is only a temporary disease. It can be cleaned away.

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