• IPA: /ˈwɪstfəl/


  1. Full of longing#Noun|longing or yearning#Noun|yearning.
    His eyes grew wistful as he recalled his university days.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], “A Court Ball”, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604 ↗; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620 ↗, page 1 ↗:
      Her grey eyes, looking out on the violet of the night sky, the trees, and the crowd of hilarious onlookers who had not been invited to Buckingham Palace, had a patient and wistful expression.
  2. Sad and thoughtful.
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