Origin of yearningMiddle English yerning from Old English girninge: see yearn + -ing
- An example of yearning is wanting to go to college but not being able to afford to pay for classes.
- An example of yearning is longing to ask someone on a date.
Yearning is a deep, and sometimes sad, desire.
A persistent, often melancholy desire; a longing: a yearning for romance and adventure.
- Present participle of yearn.
- She found herself yearning for friends again.
- The sense of yearning was deep.
- When the disciples returned, Jesus took them apart for rest; but the crowds reassembled when they found Him again near the lake, and His yearning compassion for these shepherdless sheep led Him to give them an impressive sign that He had indeed come to supply all human needs.
- It was the natural yearning of that portion, any portion of our most primitive ancestor which still survived in us.
- He had to let her go, but the sense of yearning and pain was too strong for her to sleep.