wishful

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From wish +‎ -ful.

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Adjective[edit]

wishful (comparative more wishful, superlative most wishful)

  1. (obsolete) Wished-for; desired, wanted.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.9:
      The cry whereof entring the hollow cave / Eftsoones brought forth the villaine, as they ment, / With hope of her some wishfull boot to have.
  2. Expressing a wish or longing for something.
  3. Aspiring, or seeking advancement.

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