From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlonginglylong‧ing‧ly /ˈlɒŋɪŋli $ ˈlɒːŋ-/ adverbWANTin a way that shows that you want someone or something very muchShe thought longingly of returning to Paris.look/gaze longingly at somebody/somethingHe looked longingly at the tray of cakes. —longing adjective
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longingly• Neptina Jones, 25, stares at Jakhaila longingly.• She looked at the bracelet again longingly.• I looked longingly at the bed, but it was a double bed.• Jack looked longingly at the cookies.• Apparently not, for now she was gazinglongingly at the pool, then at Liz.• He looks longingly at the teapot and the tiny red cups.• Adults spoke longingly of real coffee, since even the wateryliquidbrewed from burntchicory was not regularly available.• People spoke longingly of what they would eat if only they could.• As Christmas approached our thoughts turned frequently and longingly to our wives and children.thought longingly• Oh, if only she looked more like Paula! she thought longingly.• Arthur looked at Flute's cross face and thought longingly of Fred's horse sense at dressrehearsals.• She thought longingly of Hugh Puddephat's rooms in Oxford.• She had thought longingly of the candle left behind in Guy's chamber, but had known better than to mention it.