Adjective "longing" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A yearning desire.
  1. mass noun 'a tale of love and longing'
  2. 'The seven surviving letters from the period detail these attempts and betray unfulfilled longing.'
  3. 'Her poetry is nostalgic and betrays her own longing for her beloved homeland.'
  4. 'Suddenly Guinevere was overtaken by an intense longing for companionship.'
  5. 'I heard their despair and their longings to be freed to return to the life they once enjoyed.'
  6. 'She'd suffered the same longing for companionship.'
  7. 'The longing for a proper home grows stronger and stronger with each passing day.'
  8. 'They combine in her mind, and she feels intense longing.'
  9. 'Our longings go beyond the need for food, clothing and shelter.'
  10. 'Genesis 2 implies that God made humanity male and female to satisfy the human longing for companionship.'
  11. 'It signifies the love and longings of the women who make it.'


Having or showing a yearning desire.
  1. 'With one last longing glance to the colorful forests, I followed.'
  2. 'Of course, there are a lot more pratfalls, comedic lines, wacky mishaps and longing glances, but you get the picture.'
  3. 'I saw him because I understood exactly what was being reflected in that longing gaze of his.'
  4. 'Trey smiled at her apologetically before turning and shooting a longing glance over his shoulder.'
  5. 'Being famous for something just isn't necessary in his rather longing eyes.'
  6. 'Throwing my own vehicle a last, longing glance in the Ford tester parking lot, I resigned myself to a long week.'
  7. 'After one last longing look at a photo, he blew out the candles.'
  8. 'Sarah would shoot longing looks and bright smiles in Ryan's direction, and Ryan would never notice.'
  9. 'Prayer meetings are moving where there is a longing desire and yearning for answers from heaven.'
  10. 'Rebecca looked up into his eyes as he took one last longing look at her.'



1. strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home.

2. an instance of this: a sudden longing to see old friends. adjective

3. having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire: a longing look.