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Definition: deep in sad or pensive thought, especially of loss or yearning

Synonyms: pensive, reflective, sentimental, contemplative, dreamy, longing, melancholy, sad, yearning

Antonyms: cheerful, bubbly

Tips: Wistful is formed from the obsolete word wist, which meant "intent." Wistful has come to describe an intense, sorrowful kind of thinking.

Usage Examples:

My grandmother is often wistful for the good-old-days. (longing, sentimental, sad)

She spent the night reminiscing about Italy, revealing the wistful side of herself that she usually tries to keep hidden. (dreamy, sentimental)

She couldn't shake her mind from all the wistful thoughts of her past. (dreamy, reflective, melancholy)

I found myself in a wistful mood the day my best friend flew back to her home, across the country. (yearning, melancholy)

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