wistful

Definitions

  • "He looked wistfully at the pair of crutches."
    "He looked wistfully at the pair of crutches."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wistful showing pensive sadness "the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wistful 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."
    • Wistful Longing; wishful; desirous. "Lifting up one of my sashes, I cast many a wistful , melancholy look towards the sea."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wistful Silent; hushed; standing in mute attention.
    • wistful Full of thoughts; contemplative; musing; pensive.
    • wistful Wishful; longing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wistful wist′fōōl hushed: full of thought: thoughtful: earnest: eager, wishful, longing
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For wishful,; perhaps influenced by wistly, which is probably corrupted from OE. wisly, certainly (from Icel. viss, certain, akin to E. wit,). See Wish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Most prob. for whistful, whistly—i.e. silently; and not conn. with wish. Skeat, however, makes it a substitution for wishful, confused with wisly=certainly—Ice. viss, certain (distinct from, yet allied to, víss, wise).

Usage

In literature:

And the dark brows wrinkled in wistful fashion.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Oh, I wist Effie was at home!
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
Her face looked so wistful that he guessed her unspoken desire.
"White Lilac; or the Queen of the May" by Amy Walton
A faint colour had stolen into her cheeks; the wonderful eyes had grown very bright and wistfully tender and deep.
"High Noon" by Anonymous
Under her eyes were smudges that made them seem very large and wistful.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
And she sat down with the others when the psalm was done, but wist not that her face shone.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
So he ran forth he wist not whither, and for a long while none of his kin wist what was become of him.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
Soon, the wistful woman knew, she would be making some casual observations about the garden, the condition of the soil.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Olive wistfully regarded the scene, which seemed a symbol of her own fate.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
I caught a wistful look in the blue eyes; and then I told Maillot something of what was in my own mind.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
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In poetry:

What my grief I can not say,
'Tis a strange, a wistful sorrow;
Yet through tears at every morrow
I behold the light of day.
"Seclusion" by Eduard Morike
"For Robyn Hode hase many a wilde felow,
I telle yow in certen;
If thei wist ze rode this way,
In feith ze shulde be slayn."
"Robin Hood And The Monk" by Andrew Lang
Wistful, longing, through the green
Twilight of the clustered pines,
In their faces rarely seen
Beauty more than mortal shines.
"The Vanishers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
“But had I wist or heard it told
That love so strong should be,
Ne’er had I held those twain apart
For all Denmark given me.
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
Among death-pearls Of dewy curls,
O little ones in anguish!
The Lord hath kissed,
I would you wist
For all the world ye languish!
"The Temple of Sorrow" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
In many a dumb brute's wistful eyes
A dawning human soul aspires,
For thus from lower forms we rise,--
Ourselves our spirits' sires.
"Reincarnation" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

A little something for wistful fans of Dino and Sammy.
Will Kyle Orton make Chicago Bears wistful as new Kansas City Chiefs quarterback.
End of summer approaches, brings memories, wistful regret.
Dan Doctoroff Is Not Wistful for Olympic Bid He Says Helped City, Even If Maybe It Didn't.
Daniels, Pence may watch wistfully .
French beauty Vanessa Paradis spoke wistfully about love just before she split with Johnny Depp.
South African soccer great looks back wistfully .
Wistfully nostalgic Mexican dance party.
When I visited Walt Disney World as a kid I rode the monorail and stared wistfully at the little boats running around on the lakes below.
Stacy Peralta's latest documentary looks back at glory days of the streetside sport with a tad more wistfulness than his 'Dogtown and Z-Boys.'.
If Defense Secretary Robert Gates feels any twinge of wistfulness when he departs the Pentagon on Thursday, it probably won't last long.
While wistful over this latest token of the relentless toll of time, I have to admit that now I can actually see.
This brain-bending SF epic is the type of book that once devoured, demands to be passed on to another unsuspecting reader with a meaningful look and a wistful sigh.
Whenever Calvin Gooding went to the barbershop, he would stare wistfully at the photo of the Broadway and television actress LaChanze ("Ragtime," "Once on This Island") hanging on the wall.
The Hold Steady were wizened, wistful veterans when they started.
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In science:

Lemma 3.6 Let w = q−1σk 1 q be a braid word such that the I sH alf T wist(w, k) function returns false.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Proposition 3.7 The complexity of the I sH alf T wist algorithm is bounded by O(n2 · log(n) · k2 · l3 ), where n is the number of strings, k = deg(w) and l = len(w).
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
This yields the total of O(n2 · log(n) · k2 · l3 ) as the total complexity bound for the I sH alf T wist algorithm.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
In this section, we will give the random core of the algorithm, the T estRandomH alf T wist procedure.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
The first is when I sH alf T wist returns true, this happens when no question about the correctness of the answer exists, therefore one can return the computed result.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
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