Definition of wistful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwɪstfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪstfl//
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thinking sadly about something that you would like to have, especially something in the past that you can no longer have a wistful smile There was something rather wistful about the sad little tune. Word Originearly 17th cent.: apparently from obsolete wistly ‘intently’, influenced by wishful.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wistful