[ US /ˈwɪstfəɫ/ ]
[ UK /wˈɪstfə‍l/ ]
  1. showing pensive sadness
    the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty
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How To Use wistful In A Sentence

  • A wistful little architectural songwriting gem. Times, Sunday Times
  • And so, against all the odds, and all the elements, Powell got to make his wistful and impassioned film.
  • Wistfully, William Wordsworth wrote: en and everyone understood what the poet meant.
  • The delectable little Dutch songs with which she used to dulcify the house grew less and less frequent, and she would forget her sewing and look wistfully in her father's face as he sat pondering by the fireside. Tales of a Traveller
  • I just wish to hell one of the bennies was a salary, she thought wistfully. Children Of The Night
  • I could hear the traces of a wistful smile in his voice.
  • Like the Poco Allegretto of the composer's third symphony, the wistful melody of this movement gives the score poignancy that stamps it as one of the great creations of the romantic era.
  • The human landscape so lovingly evoked by Leigh Fermor, Lawrence Durrell and others is now a wistful memory.
  • For her father's comfort, noting the sad wistful eyes that watched her coming in and going out, she had resigned herself to spend long melancholy hours within doors, reading aloud till Sir John fell asleep, playing backgammon -- a game she detested worse even than shove-halfpenny, which latter primitive game they played sometimes on the shovel-board in the hall. London Pride Or When the World Was Younger
  • The result is a beguiling and wistful study of displaced people that conveys the paradoxical loneliness and richness of cosmopolitan life. Times, Sunday Times
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