Wist"ful (?), a. [For wishful; perhaps influenced by wistly, which is probably corrupted from OE. wisly certainly (from Icel. viss certain, akin to E. wit). See Wish.]

1.

Longing; wishful; desirous.

Lifting up one of my sashes, I cast many a wistful, melancholy look towards the sea. Swift.

2.

Full of thought; eagerly attentive; meditative; musing; pensive; contemplative.

That he who there at such an hour hath been, Will wistful linger on that hallowed spot. Byron.

-- Wist"ful*ly, adv. -- Wist"ful*ness, n.

 

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