Word of the Day: wistful

Nov 14, 2021 · 139 comments
Reece, Block 4 (Hoggard High school in Wilmington, NC)
Skateboarding was my passion from the age of 4-12, it was something I did every day all day and I loved it. I stopped doing competitions and I was stuck on the same tricks so I gave up on it. I am very wistful at the fact that I quit at such a young age.
Katie Harrell (Hoggard High School)
As the dance teacher walked back on the stage for the first time in 30 years, she was wistful about all of the memories she had dancing on stage.
Gavin Carter, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
If only there were more time for good things in the world before we had to succumb to the bad times, becoming wistful shells of our former selves.
Lillian Hulls, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
As I said goodbye to my cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and old friends it was hard, but the hardest goodbye was the wistful hug to my great grandma possibly for the last time in Arizona.
ava hardy , Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
After losing the 4th set in the first playoff game of the season, the seniors were very wistful that it was their last volleyball game ever.
Mason Morgan 3rd (Hoggard High School in Wilmington NC)
I know I'm still a sophomore and have 2 years left in high school, but it made me wistful watching my brother graduate. Knowing he's leaving home. I still remember him and I riding the bus in middle school.
Grace Osborne, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
The girl who was sucked into her book began feeling melancholy and wistful after her favorite character died.
Jane Wright (Hoggard High School Wilmington NC block1)
The team had a wistful demeanor, because they missed the podium spot they worked so hard for, by one seldom point.
Jack Ford Block 1 (Hoggard High School)
After throwing an interception to lose the State Championship, the quarterback wistfully sat down on the field watching the other team celebrating the win.
Lila Jane Wilson (Hoggard High School - Block 1)
Starr had wistful sadness when she figured out that her best friend died.
Peyton Heffinger (Hoggard High School-Block 1.)
When the girls mom got sick, she became a wistful, shell of a person.
Georgia Buckner, Block 1 (Hoggard High School, Wilmington NC)
His girlfriend dumped him, leaving him feeling wistful and all alone.
Sarah Pierson, Block 3 (Hoggard High School Wilmington, NC)
When my uncle went back to London, I got a wistful feeling. If only I could see them more often.
Gracie Rogers, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
We called it the summer of love, but now I wistfully look at the cold sea, lonely.
Anna Trask, Block 4 (Hoggard High School, Wilmington NC)
Sometimes after I come back from an amazing vacation, I feel wistful looking back at the pictures, missing it dearly.
Benjamin Legere Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
It was the exact same place, an old podium lit by holes in an aged roof. The old church brought a wistful pain in his eyes, looking right into the vows of a long but not forgotten past.
Jack Meador (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
In “Dear Martin” Justyce has a wistful feeling whenever S.J. turns her head whenever he was about to kiss her, he felt embarrassed and sad.
Graham Farrell, Block 4 (John T Hoggard Highschool, Wilmington NC)
After leaving my grandparents in Indiana, I got a wistful feeling. I wish they lived closer.
Grace McNamara, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
With exam week coming up and the projects and tests and last-minute cramming flood in, I'm feeling much more wistful than usually.
Liam (Hoggard High School Wilmington, NC)
When playing soccer at my old elementary school fields, I sometimes glance over to the playground I once ran about years ago. A wistful feeling washes over me, but is cleansed by the shouts of my friends behind me.
Grace Richardson, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
For the first time in their short journey together, Jinpa looked sad- his wistful eyes showed Kyoshi something she’d never thought of seeing before in an air nomad, who were supposed to be happy and calm all the time; but sitting here before her was an arrowless Airbender, who she knew without asking was mourning the loss of what could have been his identity.
Lillian, Block 4 (Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC)
When I look back at my elementary school days, I feel wistful of a time when you didn’t have to worry about anything, and everything was fun.
Samin Bhan, Block 4 (Hoggard High School, Wilmington NC)
Knowing they would be tearing it down next week to build a shopping center, I took one last wistful glance at the place I used to call home.
Annie Mulligan, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
While he was showing us his old high school, he was wistful about behaving poorly and not taking advantage of the learning opportunities.
Kian, Block 3 (Hoggard High School Wilmington, NC)
I wistfully watched my team lose from the bench, knowing that I could've helped them if I was not injured.
Chris Patsalos, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
Every time my family leaves the house, we say goodbye to our dog who gets left alone with no one to play with. As we pull out of the driveway and look through the window by the front door, you can see her wistfully watching us leave.
Gavin Whitman, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
How many people can ever claim they’re in a deep wistful state, when most express their feelings of sadness through physical expression.
Wells Lee, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
I felt wistful for the next couple of days when Villanova hit that buzzer beater over UNC Chapel Hill to win March Madness. I was frozen on the couch as sadness came to my mind when I saw UNC had lost.
Isabel (Hoggard High School Block 3)
Ze wistfully looked back at his friend who he may never see again.
Winston H.M. Thomas 3rd Block (Hoggard High School, Wilmington N.C.)
Finley laid on the roof with a wistful longing to see Eric again.
Cassidy Thompson, Block 3 (Hoggard High School, Wilmington NC)
In the novel, “Prince Caspian,” by C.S. Lewis, the Pevensie siblings stared wistfully at the ruins of Cair Paravel, reminiscing on the days of its glory.
Christian Mereyde, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
In the novel “Where the Crawdads Sing”, Kya felt wistful and sad at the thought of staying in jail forever.
Collin Parker, Block 4 (Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC)
As the clock hits zero, and our last game of the season ends in a loss, a wistful feeling overwhelms me, thinking of what could have been.
Campbell Monroe, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
Seeing old photo's of my early childhood reminds me of the hardships my family endured. Seeing these pictures always makes me a little wistful.
Emmy Smoker, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
I felt wistful when leaving my Grandpa’s house after Thanksgiving, I didn’t want to drive the long way home and I wanted to spend more time with my family.
Hudson Wilharm, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
A wistful feeling washes over me as I walk across that field I played on years ago.
Joseph Beatty, Block 4 (Hoggard Highschool, Wilmington NC)
A wistful feeling always surrounds me as I remember myself playing with my childhood friends outside without a care in the world.
Krish Mishra, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
No matter what year it is, or how old I am, I will always feel wistful when I leave my family in India. I have never experienced such sadness and devastation, knowing I won't see them for years.
Magdalena Calabrese, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
With tears in her eyes, my wistful mother walked away after hearing the horrible news.
Cheyenne Robinson, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
The wistful puppy sat by the door crying all night when he realized his owner wasn't coming home that night.
Ava McNeely, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
Coming back from Thanksgiving break, I noticed the presence of tired and wistful students, longing to go back to sleep.
Sarah Elgart Block 3 (Hoggard High School)
I get a little wistful when I drive by my old elementary school because all of the fun memories I had as a child come flooding back.
Ken (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
Angel was wistful as she thought of what she once believed love to be.
Andrew Larson, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
A.I always have a wistful look at myself in the mirror whenever I fail at anything I do in life.
Megan (Hoggard High School, 3rd Block)
As he took his last breath, she gave him one last wistful look, knowing that it would be the last time that she could look in his eyes and see him looking back at her.
Jack Henderson, Block 3 (Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC)
My dog always looks at me wistfully when I'm leaving for school, sad that she'll be alone.
Ayla York, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
My 3 year relationship is ruined as I look back I see the wistful look in his eyes as I walk away for forever.
Alexis Montiel, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
All the fans in the stands gave all the soccer players a wistful look holding back tears after losing the World Cup Finals to a score of 5-0.
Jesus Juarez block 1 (Hoggard High School)
After the last game of soccer Ill ever play, I'll take a long wistful look at my jersey and remember every goal I scored, every time I cheered for my team, every lose, and event every mistake we made. This jersey will belong so someone else now. Farewell…..
S. (Block 1) (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
In the novel, “Redeeming Love,” Angel is a prostitute; “love” was easy, she heard men cry for her, she watched men get down on one knee for her, and she saw “love” destroy her own mother. Angel’s understanding of love wasn’t normal for her entire childhood; she was in “love” with her rapist. However, her world shifted as she met Micheal, she grew to adapt to the love and even understand it. Although her love for him grew, the wistful idea that she couldn’t provide kids for him tore her to pieces.
Beau Toups, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington NC)
Moments before leaving to fly out to Iraq, Ben looked bad at his army base with a wistful gaze as he knew this might be the last time he ever stepped on American soil again.
Anthony Snyder, Block 1 (Hoggard Highschool, Wilmington NC)
After I graduated I took one last wistful look at the high school I spent the best 4 years of my life.
Ella Boyer (Hoggard High School, Block 1)
He looked at me, eyes wistful, holding back a sea of tears, we both knew we could never see each other again.
Ava James Cirello (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
She wistfully said goodbye to her mom, knowing that she wouldn't see her again for 5 months, and she would miss her a lot.
Chloe Stein (Hoggard High School, Block 1)
She wistfully walked away from her school, as it was her senior year and her last day of high school.
Will Myatt (Hoggard High School, Block 1)
After his dog unfortunately passed away over the weekend, the student came to school with a wistful glaze over his face for the whole day.
Tristan Rickert, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
As John realized this was the last day he would be around his best friend, he maintained a wistful look throughout the day. A day of sadness that he will never forget.
Ava Oliver Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
“In The Fault in Our Stars”, Hazel looked at her mom wistfully when she heard the devastating news that her first love, Augustus Waters had passed away.
Cyrus Thompson, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
In the book Boy 21, Russ started to notice how wistful Finley became once Erin left town so he did everything he could to cheer him up, such as offer to shoot basketball and take care of his chores.
Cyrus Thompson, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
In the book Boy 21, Russ started to notice how wistful Finley became once Erin left town so he did everything he could to cheer him up, such as offer to shoot basketball and take care of his chores.
Matt Delia (Hoggard High School)
She had a wistful look in her eyes as I had to leave to go home for the night.
Evalyn (Hoggard High School-Block1 Wilmington,NC)
In the novel, “The Henna Wars”, Nishat wistfully gazed at Flávia and wished they had stayed in touch over the years.
Luke Vargo (Hoggard High School, Block 1)
When eating dinner, my dog always waits by the table with wistful eyes, begging for a treat.
Callie Porzio, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
She looked at me wistfully, holding the jail cell bars whispering "I promise I didn't do it."
Helen Bennington, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
After our last match of the season I was very wistful to be ending my sophomore tennis season with my teammates whom I adore.
Mason Morgan , Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
My team was very wistful after the hard lost we took in the first round of play-offs after playing our hearts out.
Jackson H (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
I have been dreaming about this deal for so long now. It has been my goal since 16 years old. I was full of wistfulness when I found out they didn't accept any of my offers. This deal was so important to me.
Brody Justice, Block 3 (Hoggard High School Wilmington, NC)
he looked at the box with a wistful glare, there was only one doughnut left.
Reid Lisk, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
After the loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Steph Curry had a wistful face towards the fans in the crowd.
Harper Boberg, Block 1 (Hoggard High School - Wilmington, NC)
My chest was filled with cement. My eyes stung, like bees were stinging the insides. I looked back at my mother, trying to remember her face without the wistful glare. I wanted a mental picture of her, knowing I was leaving for someplace else.
Abby- Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington NC)
We sat in silence, she glanced up at me with a wistful face, tears running down her face- I couldn’t help but feel her sorrow in my core as I felt my face heating up and my eyes swelling with tears as well.
Sydney B, Block 1 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
After a horrible, hectic year at college, Caroline looked back wistfully, wishing she had made the decision to take a break year at home instead of going to college
Bella Roberts, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
She smiled wistfully at me as a single tear rolled down her check, just for it to land on her pale hospital sheets.
Aparna (Hoggard High School)
As the car left the driveway, I wistfully gazed at the house that I knew I would never see again.
Farayola (Nigeria)
I slide steadily into a wistful mood just before my menstrual cycle begins each month.It overwhelms me I could almost pass out from the thought of it.It shouldn't be this hard.
Lorrie (San francisco)
As I stood took one last look. I was suddenly overcome by a wistful feeling . So many memorable year's of family traditions spent on this old home of 50 years.
Angeli Donahue (Louisville KY)
I'm blaming my wistful spirit today , on the full beaver moon eclipse.
Sonia (Lagos)
Setemi was apparently having the best day of her life with friends; I was so happy for her. As i turned back to head home, I saw lena wistfully looking at her from her window. The longing in her eyes really made me sad.
Hannah Brekhus, Block 4 (Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC)
In the book “Fifteenth Summer” the main character, Chelsea, peers over the crowd from the top of the hill, at the lantern party, to find her sisters hoping to get a ride home. Wondering if they were feeling as lonely as she was, she wistfully looked in the direction of her sister who happened to be kissing “J-Boy”. It only caused her to feel worse than before.
Hollis Stott, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
I could see the wistful expression in her eyes as she talked about her lover away at war.
ATSCC (Bikfaya, Lebanon)
He bore a wistful smile at the funeral.
Jayla Serret, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington NC)
In "Girls On The Verge", Bea acted wistful when Camille told her how selfish of a friend she was being towards her.
Joe (New jersey)
Looking out the window I could tell he was feeling wistful and was longing for something. I let him be he didn't like it when anyone interrupted his me time. But something was going on.
Dylan Schmidt, Block 4 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
I love my cat Zeus so much I can’t even think about the day he will die. He is such a big part of my life I just know I will become so wistful and depressed when he is gone.
John G (Chicago)
He was wistful when he found out that his favorite team did not win the championship game after a great season.
Daniel P (Chicago)
I am wistful if I don't do well on my tests.
James (London, England)
The Mongolian Emperor was wistful after his prized horse was defeated.
Sophie D. (Hinsdale, IL)
She stares wistfully out across the dreary horizon.
Jackson (Hinsdale)
The fans were wistful after their team's season ended.
Nikhil (Chicago, IL)
Bob had a wistful smile as he remembered his friends that he had lef behind when he moved to Antarctica.
Lexi B (Chicago, IL)
As soon as I got home I could tell that my brother seemed wistful and I wanted to know why.
Fiona H (Missoula, MT)
After looking through an old album of swim pictures, I felt wistful because of the good memories.
Brynn (Chicago)
Leaving the concert I felt wistful as we drove further away.
Noah (EARTH)
I was wistful after the sad ending of the last episode of my favorite TV show.
Emily (Hinsdale)
A wistful feeling washed over the girl as her day of fun with her friend came to an end.
Q U I N N K E M P E N A A R (Clarendon Hills, IL)
I was wistful when I learned that William Jennings Bryan was against teaching evolution in schools.
Emeline McClenahan (Hinsdale, IL)
The man had a wistful look on his face because he learned his child had died in a car wreck.
Anaya (Illinois)
The girl was very wistful when she found out her best friend was moving.
Leila Z (Hinsdale, IL)
The soldier wistfully looked at the tombstones of his deceased comrades. He remembered the times they shared laughing, drinking, and dreaming about their future, but those memories were now bitter sweet because of a single grenade.
Sahil (Illinois)
Seahawks fans were wistful after they lost to the Packers.
Teagan M. (Hinsdale Il)
Watching emotional movies often puts me in a wistful state of mind.
Audrey McLaughlin (Chicago)
Leaving my grandmas house my brother was very wistful when we were driving away.
Lillian (Chicago)
watching the rain pour down, she thought in a wistful manner.
Patrick P (antartica)
James was wistful as he failed 5 tests in a row
Ethan (IL)
Daniel is wistful because james ignores him.
Daniel (A)
After watching the movie I felt not a strong sense of sadness, but rather, wistful.
Alicia B (Daphne, AL)
Driving away from my waving friends had me feeling wistful as I drove away from the only home that I've ever known.
Carlos Trejo (San Diego)
Oscar was wistful after there 0-10 streak.
Ava Rayle, Block 3 (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
Whenever I watch a cheesy movie, or read a cheesy book and the main character is feeling very sad, they will often stare wistfully out their window as it rains.
Tyler A (San Diego)
Graduating gave me the wistful thought of not seeing my friends.
Juan Lopez (San Diego CA)
A lot of people that have lost a family member get wistful.
Hailey (Illinois)
Anna was feeling rather wistful as she reminisced the past when yearned for love.
Paulina (Chicago)
My sister had a wistful expression on her face when my parents mentioned our deceased dog.
Arianna (America)
I was in a wistful mood after the football season ended.
Zahra (Illinois)
Helen smiled a wistful smile while recalling the events of last week.
Krishawn (not getting doxxed)
I have friends, so I am not feeling wistful.
Akshay (Hinsdale Illinois)
My tablemates are wistful because I use light mode
Yicole (Illinois)
The wife's eyes turned wistful when she learned that her husband was deemed missing.
shruti (illinois)
I felt wistful after leaving 8 grade and heading for high school.
Reyna (Chicago)
A wistful expression took over Isobel's features as she spoke of her deceased mother.
Hannah (Illinois)
Hudson looks out in wistfulness as he watches the other boys play ball without him.
Kostas (Kentucky Lousiana)
Shlok was very wistful after we only won 2 gold medals in the 1999 olympics.
Braden (Illinois)
I am very wistful because I got a bad grade on my Math test.
Shlok (Illinois)
John showed his wistful expression after he found out he had 7 tests tomorrow.
Akshay (Hinsdale Illinois)
Shlok was feeling wistful after he had his haircut.
Claire (Hinsdale, IL)
Sherlock was wistful and felt betrayed when Watson got married and left him.
Yusra (Hinsdale Central)
The patients family was wistful today after hearing the news
Abi (Hinsdale)
Hannah usually looks guilty but sometimes looks wistful
Alec Trainer (hinsdale central)
Braden is wistful because he dislocated his knee.
Quinn (here)
Shlok was wistful after his haircut.
E (they/them) (Homeschooled (MD))
Eri’s wistful expression when speaking of her old life made Mirio cry the first time she spoke of it.
Ab shah (Pakistan)
The boy had a wistful smile on his face when he was talking about his late mother.
Marley (Pennsylvania)
After lockdown started, the girl felt wistful for her old life, as she sat on her porch feeling locked up inside.
Ari (Where Dorothy is from)
I stared at the photo of my alma mater with a wistful expression. It had been years since I had been there, and I couldn't help but reminisce about all the great times I had there.
Jean Koller (St. Louis)
We planned for so long to travel to Paris as a couple, since we're no longer together I know wistfully think of Paris.
Moses (Morocco)
Sorry, but that definition is a little misleading... From Oxford--having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing. "a wistful smile" From Meriam Webster What does it mean to feel wistful? 1 : full of yearning or desire tinged with melancholy also : inspiring such yearning a wistful memoir. 2 : musingly sad : pensive a wistful glance.
Panagiotis Papanikolaou (Greece)
He was so miserable and troubled that his face had a wistful expression.
Nourredine (Algeria)
@Panagiotis Papanikolaou why he had a wistful expression?
Akshay (Hinsdale Illinois)
@Nourredine Because he was miserable and troubled?
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