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wistful

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Definition showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • Sitting in her wheelchair, the old woman looked wistfully at the young dancers.
wistfully = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • She had a wistful, dreamy look as she thought about how life would change if she could get a good job.
  • wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • He looked so wistful as he went away, hearing the frolic and evidently having none of his own.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • And all the while the dog sat and watched him, a certain yearning wistfulness in its eyes, for it looked upon him as the fire-provider, and the fire was slow in coming.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • wistfulness = full of longing or unfulfilled desire
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • She had always believed that whoever climbed to the top of it could see the ocean; and the little girl had often laid her hand on the great rough trunk and looked up wistfully at those dark boughs that the wind always stirred, no matter how hot and still the air might be below.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
  • He thought wistfully of the guys out on the football field in the sweet fresh wind, tossing the ball around before practice began.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
  • "Gee," Johnny said wistfully, "it sure will be good to get into a car again."
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • wistfully = in the manner of someone who misses having something they used to have
  • "Blue would be nice," said the other voice wistfully.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • wistfully = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  •   We stare across the expanse that separates us. After a while, George pats Julia's arm. "Time to go, Jules."
      Julia gives a wistful smile. "Bye, Ivan. Say hello to your new family."
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • "If I had been the boy you sent for," said Anne wistfully, "I'd be able to help you so much now and spare you in a hundred ways."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
  • Over and over they asked her, shocked at first and then wistful:
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • wistful = showing longing
  • Hairwoman tells us they canceled school for a whole week back in the seventies because of the energy crisis. ... She looks wistful.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • And the wistfulness of his voice was like a reaching to something, and it was as if she were what he reached with.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • wistfulness = full of longing or unfulfilled desire
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • What Granny had also said, so wistful, was how she used to dream of going to New York with Grandpa, but he never saw why she wanted to.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • "Still," Kristy said wistfully, "I did like her halter top."
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
  • He was smart and cunning, but his gaze was wistful.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • White Fang gazed at him wistfully.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
  • I could see them smiling wistfully at us.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • wistfully = with longing (unfulfilled desire)
  • She was sitting at the window, looking out, a forlorn figure, wistful.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • DOC What're you gonna be when you grow up?
    ANYBODYS [wistfully.] A telephone call girl!
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire

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