Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. According to desire.
  • adv. Longingly; with wishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. According to desire; longingly; with wishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wistly.

Etymologies

wish +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There's as good fish in this tin as ever came out of it and very friendly he offered to take of some salty sprats that stood by which he had eyed wishly in the meantime and found the place which was indeed the chief design of his embassy as he was sharpset.

    Ulysses

  • And though she perceives that this very food makes her so ill; yet for the most part she will be so choice and so dainty, that she seldom knows her self what she will eat or hath a mind to; but generally it tends to some thing or other that is delicate: Upon this manner again, according to the former custom, she tumbles it in till she is sick with it; and if any one looks but very wishly at her; immediately another saies to them; she must eat for two, nay perhaps for three.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple

  • There’s as good fish in this tin as ever came out of it and very friendly he offered to take of some salty sprats that stood by which he had eyed wishly in the meantime and found the place which was indeed the chief design of his embassy as he was sharpset.

    Ulysses

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