Definition of wistfully in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɪs(t)f(ə)li//ˈwɪs(t)fʊli/


  • With a feeling of vague or regretful longing.

    ‘he smiled wistfully as he spoke of her’
    ‘I wistfully recall moments of my youth’
    • ‘Titles and badges are exercised as such a weapon, to which you and I look up wistfully.’
    • ‘At first, she looked around her, suspiciously, as if distrusting eaves-droppers; then she gazed wistfully into the face of her attentive companion.’
    • ‘Wistfully she watched Mrs Toland tying little Constance's sash and straightening her flower-crowned hat for church.’
    • ‘He looks wistfully down from the second-story balcony of the smallpox pavilion.’
    • ‘Wistfully through the sunshine, Wistfully through the rain, They watch for his returning Who will never return again.’