Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Mournful; distressing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Desirous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Filled with yearning; desirous; mournful; distressing.

Etymologies

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From Middle English yernful, from Old English ġiernful ("desirous, eager, zealous, diligent, anxious"), equivalent to yearn +‎ -ful.

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