Definition of 'wistful'
Example sentences containing 'wistful'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Now he makes me feel wistful. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is also slightly wistful. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was the bright little face and wistful eyes that clinched it. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Mir looked wistful and was unusually quiet. KANDAHAR COCKNEY: A Tale of Two Worlds (2004)For a moment he looks wistful. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The result was this debut full of beautiful, wistful pop songs. The Sun (2008)This leads to misunderstandings and one too many lingering, wistful looks between the pair. The Sun (2013)He looked so wistful as he went away, hearing the frolic and evidently having none of his own. Little Women (1869)It's a beguiling and rather wistful little film that makes effective use of the mercurial light of the lagoon. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Most of us have an instinctive desire for goodness, but it is wistful and vague rather than sharp and intense. Christianity Today (2000)There's a slightly wistful look. The Sun (2013)They looked wistful and impressed. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She looks a bit wistful. Times, Sunday Times (2016)At this MPs looked quite wistful. Times, Sunday Times (2012) A wistful little architectural songwriting gem. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Pictures of long-dead lords and ladies who wanted to be remembered for wearing lots of silk and looking wistful next to a window. Times, Sunday Times (2010)A great many of us don't feel wistful or rueful about our earlier physical selves. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He looks a touch wistful and I wonder if something else is bothering him? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Conversations on a Homecoming is an achingly sad, wistful work about unfulfilled potential. Times, Sunday Times (2012)No, not at all, he is quiet and rather wistful and likes a funny joke. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Only when talk turned to the Champions League did he look wistful. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But having been in the training squad until August, there is a slightly wistful air about him. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But if you looked up, you would sometimes see her watching you with a shy, wistful smile. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I'm really a sad, wistful food fantasist. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This autumn song is more subdued than the spring song, and sounds rather wistful, but in fact it is quite an aggressive performance. Times, Sunday Times (2006)A robin cleared his throat and sang his wistful autumn song: summer is over; time to sing up and claim a winter territory. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Trends of 'wistful'
Used Occasionally. wistful is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'wistful'
British English: wistful ADJECTIVE
Someone who is wistful is rather sad because they want something and know that they cannot have it.
I can't help feeling slightly wistful about the perks I'm giving up.
Definition of wistful from the Collins English Dictionary
The language of love: 5 ways to express your love on Valentine’s Day
In the market for some new terms of endearment? Here’s the etymology behind some of the most popular.
Part One: Unlocking Mandarin with Paul Noble
We sent one of the Collins team for a one-to-one learning experience with the man himself, and here’s how they found part one of the course.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.