From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wistful \Wist"ful\, a. [For wishful; perhaps influenced by
   wistly, which is probably corrupted from OE. wisly certainly
   (from Icel. viss certain, akin to E. wit). See Wish.]
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   1. Longing; wishful; desirous.
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            Lifting up one of my sashes, I cast many a wistful,
            melancholy look towards the sea.      --Swift.
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   2. Full of thought; eagerly attentive; meditative; musing;
      pensive; contemplative.
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            That he who there at such an hour hath been,
            Will wistful linger on that hallowed spot. --Byron.
      [1913 Webster] -- Wist"ful*ly, adv. -- Wist"ful*ness,
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