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).
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. --
n. [1913 Webster]
1 full of longing or unfulfilled desire; "those
wistful little ads that the lovelorn place in the classifieds"
2 showing pensive sadness; "the sensitive and
wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty" [syn:
conscience-smitten, conscience-stricken, contemplating
, full of
self-condemning, self-convicting, self-debasing, self-flagellating,
self-humiliating, self-punishing, self-reproaching, serious
, unhappy about,