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wistful

Saltos de línea: wist|ful
Pronunciación: /ˈwɪs(t)fʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

Definición de wistful en inglés:

adjetivo

Having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing: a wistful smile
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Clarke has responded to his critics with a dollop of wistful regret, followed by an adamant refusal to back down.
  • The look on his face is, by now, nearly wistful; the smile almost bittersweet.
  • If you ask about her previous boyfriend and she gets a small, wistful smile on her face, change the subject.
Sinónimos
regretful, nostalgic, yearning, longing;
plaintive, rueful, melancholy, sad, mournful, forlorn, disconsolate, woebegone, doleful;
pensive, reflective, contemplative, meditative, dreamy, daydreaming, in a reverie

Origen

early 17th century: apparently from obsolete wistly 'intently', influenced by wishful.

Derivados

wistfully

1
adverbio
Example sentences
  • These days we look back wistfully towards our lost youth.
  • He rustles through a newspaper, muttering disapproval, shaking his head and sighing wistfully about what might have been.
  • He just stands up there, waves wistfully and commands his flock to give ten percent of their wages and go out and help the people of the world.

wistfulness

2
sustantivo
Example sentences
  • My flirting with him represents some wistfulness, nostalgia and regret of those years past.
  • In contrast to the wistfulness associated with nostalgia, however, the feeling here was one of nervousness, and even desperation.
  • A seasonal wistfulness follows as I remember the faces and places of the Christmases of the past.

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