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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Middle English, early 17th century


Having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing.

Examples of Wistful in a sentence

"She always felt wistful during the winter months."

"Running into his ex-girlfriend made him feel a bit wistful, but he was happy for her."

About Wistful

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming and feeling a bit sad? That feeling of longing or slight regret can be described as wistful. You might feel wistful when remembering a past relationship or an opportunity that you missed. It's quite a romantic word to express your feelings.

Did you Know?

There's a whole range of emotions in between happy and sad, and there are words to describe them. Wistful, a vague feeling of longing or regret, comes from a no longer used word (wistly) for intently, and the word wishful. When you're feeling wistful, you might want to focus on your hopes for the future, rather than past regrets.

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