- 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.
deep or anxious longing, desire, etc.
Origin of yearningMiddle English yerning from Old English girninge: see yearn + -ing
A persistent, often melancholy desire; a longing: a yearning for romance and adventure.
- Present participle of yearn.