AskDefine | Define wistfulness

The Collaborative Dictionary

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

Word Net

wistfulness n : a sadly pensive longing

English

Noun

  1. The quality of being wistful
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