Origin of wistfulaltered (modeled on wishful) from earlier wistly, attentive
An example of wistful is when you look back on your past and wish you had done something differently.
- Full of melancholy longing or wishful yearning: “She seemed wistful for the old days when I'd hung around her all the time” ( David Huddle )
- Expressing sadness or yearning: “She saw the wisftul eyes grow yet more wistful, the lips curve to a pleading smile” ( Dorothy Parker )
Origin of wistfulAlteration (influenced by wishful ) of obsolete wistly intently perhaps from variant of whistly, whishtly silently from whist silent from whist hush! (interjection calling for silence) from Middle English of imitative origin
(comparative more wistful, superlative most wistful)
Presumably from *whistful, from whist (“silent") + -ful, based on older wistly. It is implausible that it derives from wishful, the required sound change being wishful â†’ *wisful â†’ wistful, and could not occur in Modern English, particularly not with wishful continuing in use. However, the sense of “longing" appears to be influenced by wishful, with wistful being an ambiguous poetic word.
- They are used to communicating a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity.
- Afternoon styles are more wistful and playful, whereas evening parties call for more of a sophisticated flair.
- Many of the styles are wistful and romantic while still enhancing bold diamond and metal details to great effect.
- Half-updos are also popular and leave either face-framing tendrils or luscious long locks in the back loose and free to add a romantic and wistful touch.
- As live broadcasts came into vogue, savvy advertisers soon figured out that a lot of commercials could be sold if they could encourage at-home viewers to commit to over three hours of wistful star-gazing and anticipation.