Pronunciation of Wistful
/wˈɪstfə͡l/, /wˈɪstfə‍l/, /w_ˈɪ_s_t_f_əl/

Antonyms for wistful:


Synonyms for wistful:

Sense 1

harassed, grumpy, dismayed, woebegone, unquiet, shattered, careworn, regretful, lovelorn, hangdog, inconsolable, Broken-hearted, lugubrious, screwed up, sorrowful, devastated, unfulfilled, grief-stricken, homesick, sepulchral, deflated, saturnine, heartsick, choked up, Grieved.

Sense 2

regretfully, woefully, subdued, flattened, cut-up, oppressed, sulky, somber, claustrophobic, suicidal.

Sense 3

downbeat, distressed, sadly, injured.

Sense 4


Sense 5


Sense 19




in low spirits

dull, downcast, low, spiritless, dysphoric, melancholic, desolate, tristful, heavy-hearted, down, unhappy.

Other synonyms and related words:

eager, saturnine, subdued, injured, downbeat, ruminative, distressed, grumpy, regretfully, downcast, shattered, homesick, sadly, grief-stricken, low, desolate, pondering, dismayed, yearning, heavy-hearted, oppressed, devastated, sorrowful, down, brooding, deflated, lovelorn, woebegone, somber, harassed, sulky, careworn, flattened, claustrophobic, spiritless, tristful, Grieved, cranky, suicidal, lugubrious, dysphoric, reflective, broody, musing, ambitious, heartsick, meditative, unhappy, passionate, regretful, dull, melancholic, earnest.

all (adjective)


daydreaming, longing (adjective)

melancholy, meditative, musing, plaintive, mournful, pensive, contemplative, yearning, sad, disconsolate, reflective.

dejected (adjective)

disheartened, despondent, dejected, contemplative, disconsolate, woeful, dolorous, anxious, heartbroken, grim, blue, moody, gloomy, downhearted, discouraged, morose, sullen, miserable, dispirited, melancholy, dreary, pensive, sad, mournful, overcome, depressed, despairing, plaintive, lachrymose, glum, joyless, anguished.

depressed (adjective)

melancholic, tristful.

homesick (adjective)


nostalgic (adjective)


ruminative (adjective)


Sense 1 (noun)

sorrowful, subdued, homesick.

wistful (noun)

sad, yearning, pensive.

Usage examples for wistful:

  • Carrie laughed, though she felt that the wistful note in his voice was genuine. - "By Right of Purchase", Harold Bindloss.
  • No, you are to set no more people upon me, though Lady Temple's eyes are very wistful. - "The Clever Woman of the Family", Charlotte M. Yonge.

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