- The definition of wistful refers to being full of melancholy or yearning, or having a mournful or regretful longing.
An example of wistful is when you look back on your past and wish you had done something differently.
Origin: altered (modeled on wishful) from earlier wistly, attentive
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- Full of wishful yearning.
- Pensively sad; melancholy.
Origin: From obsolete wistly, intently.
- wistˈful·ly adverb
- wistˈful·ness noun