Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Wishful; longing.

Part of speech: adjective

Musing; pensive.

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Usage examples "wistful":

  1. At the time we shall again bring him personally before the reader, he was leaning against an iron fence that, running along the left wing of the house, separated the pleasure- grounds from the park, and gazing with folded arms and wistful eyes upon the scene on which the dusk of twilight was gradually gathering. - "The Disowned, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. All she said was this: I asked her if she had enjoyed her walk with him, and she said, 'He's the most wistful creature I've ever known. - "The Turmoil A Novel", Booth Tarkington.
  3. He was smiling in a gentle, wistful way. - "Every Man for Himself", Norman Duncan.