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Definition of "wistful" []

  • Full of wishful yearning. (adjective)
  • Pensively sad; melancholy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wistful" in a sentence
  • "It made me want to hold on tight to things and to people… His words trailed off, his expression wistful."
  • "She glanced out the window, her expression wistful."
  • "The younger man watched the First Officer leave, his expression wistful, before turning back to the others."