AskDefine | Define wishful

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wishful \Wish"ful\, a. [Cf. Wistful.]
Having desire, or ardent desire; longing. [1913 Webster]
Showing desire; as, wishful eyes. [1913 Webster] From Scotland am I stolen, even of pure love To greet mine own land with my wishful sight. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Desirable; exciting wishes. [R.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster] -- Wish"ful*ly, adv. -- Wish"ful*ness, n. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wishful adj : seeking advancement or recognition [syn: aspirant, aspiring(p), would-be(a)]



  1. Expressing a wish or longing for something.
  2. Aspiring, or seeking advancement.

Derived terms


expressing a wish or longing for something
aspiring, or seeking advancement
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