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"wistful" in British English

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wistfuladjective

uk   /ˈwɪst.fəl/ us   /ˈwɪst.fəl/
wistfully
adverb uk   /ˈwɪst.fəl.i/ us   /ˈwɪst.fəl.i/
"I would love to go back to Venice," he said wistfully.
wistfulness
noun [U] uk   /ˈwɪst.fəl.nəs/ us   /ˈwɪst.fəl.nəs/
(Definition of wistful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wistfuladjective

us   /ˈwɪst·fəl/
sad and thinking about something that is impossible or past: She cast a wistful glance at the bridal gowns in the window.
wistfully
adverb us   /ˈwɪst·fə·li/
She spoke wistfully of their early years together.
(Definition of wistful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “wistful”
in Spanish pensativo, melancólico…
in Vietnamese bâng khuâng…
in Malaysian sayu, hiba, rawan…
in Thai ซึ่งละห้อยหา…
in French mélancolique…
in German sehnsüchtig…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伤感的, 留恋的…
in Turkish üzgün ve özlem dolu…
in Russian задумчивый, мечтательный…
in Indonesian penuh keinginan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 傷感的, 留戀的…
in Polish tęskny…
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