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Meaning of “wistful” in the English Dictionary

"wistful" in British English

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wistfuladjective

uk   us   /ˈwɪst.fəl/
wistfully
adverb uk   us   /-i/
"I would ​love to go back to Venice," he said wistfully.
wistfulness
noun [U] uk   us   /-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 ​bridalgowns 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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