Meaning of “wistful” in the English Dictionary

"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)

"wistful" in American English

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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)