longing

A longing is a strong feeling of need or desire for someone or something. If you're stuck in detention and all of your friends are outside enjoying a sunny day, you might be looking out the window with longing.

A longing describes an unfulfilled desire. The days might feel long as long as you are longing to see someone you love, if that person is far away. You might be longing for your mother's home-made chicken soup, if you are sick and far from home. Or perhaps you are a pregnant woman, wide awake and longing for pickles and ice-cream at four in the morning. Let's hope there's a twenty-four hour deli open somewhere to help satisfy your longing.

Definitions of longing
  1. noun
    prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
    synonyms: hungriness, yearning
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    hankering, yen
    a yearning for something or to do something
    pining
    a feeling of deep longing
    wishfulness
    an unrealistic yearning
    wistfulness
    a sadly pensive longing
    nostalgia
    longing for something past
    discontent, discontentedness, discontentment
    a longing for something better than the present situation
    lovesickness
    a pining for a loved one
    homesickness
    a longing to return home
    disgruntlement
    a feeling of sulky discontent
    dysphoria
    abnormal depression and discontent
    dissatisfaction
    the feeling of being displeased and discontent
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    desire
    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
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