Etymology
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longing (n.)

"yearning, eager desire, craving," Old English langung "longing, weariness, sadness, dejection," verbal noun from long (v.).

2. Specifically, in pathol., one of the peculiar and often whimsical desires experienced by pregnant women. [Century Dictionary, 1899]

longing (adj.)

early 15c. (implied in longingly), present-participle adjective from long (v.).

updated on September 25, 2018

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Definitions of longing from WordNet

longing (n.)
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need;
Synonyms: yearning / hungriness
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