yearningly

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Etymology[edit]

yearning +‎ -ly.

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Adverb[edit]

yearningly ‎(comparative more yearningly, superlative most yearningly)

  1. With yearning; with desire; longingly.
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book 6, Chapter 14,[1]
      He was silent a few moments, not looking at her; while her eyes were turned toward him yearningly, in alarm at this sudden change.
    • 1904, Henry James, The Golden Bowl, Part 2, Chapter 7,[2]
      Yet what was it she had in mind, what did she wish to make of him beyond what she had already made, a patient, punctilious host, mindful that she had originally arrived much as a stranger, arrived not at all deliberately or yearningly invited?—so that one positively had her possible susceptibilities the MORE on one’s conscience.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, “Life Loves Living,” [3]
      The old maple stump shot sickly pink switches from her roots, new switches every year. They crept yearningly toward the little square of window.