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English definition of “wistful”

wistful

adjective     /ˈwɪst.fəl/
sad and thinking about something that is impossible or in the past: a wistful smile I thought about those days in Spain and grew wistful.Feeling sad and unhappy wistfully     /-i/ adverb "I would love to go back to Venice," he said wistfully.Feeling sad and unhappy wistfulness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Sadness and regret
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