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.
adv : in a wistful manner; "his sister would have looked beautiful
in that dress, he thought wistfully, just like an