[countable, uncountable] a strong feeling of wanting something/somebody longing (for somebody/something) a longing for home longing (to do something) She was filled with longing to hear his voice again. romantic longings His voice was husky with longing (= sexual desire).Extra examples She had a desperate longing to go back. a wistful longing for the past his intense longing for privacy human longing for truth and meaning He was filled with romantic longings. Her diary entries reflect a longing for home. His voice was husky with longing.