Nostalgic vs. Wistful

Nostalgic vs. Wistful — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Nostalgic and Wistful

Nostalgicnoun

A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.

Wistfuladjective

Full of melancholy longing or wishful yearning

"She seemed wistful for the old days when I'd hung around her all the time" (David Huddle).

Nostalgicnoun

The condition of being homesick; homesickness.

Wistfuladjective

Expressing sadness or yearning

"She saw the wisftul eyes grow yet more wistful, the lips curve to a pleading smile" (Dorothy Parker).

Nostalgicadjective

Of, having, or relating to nostalgia.

Wistfuladjective

Full of longing or yearning.

His eyes grew wistful as he recalled his university days.

Nostalgicadjective

Reminiscent of the speaker's childhood or younger years.

Wistfuladjective

Sad and thoughtful.

Nostalgicnoun

A person who displays nostalgia for something.

Wistfuladjective

full of longing or unfulfilled desire;

those wistful little ads that the lovelorn place in the classifieds

Nostalgicadjective

unhappy at being away and longing for familiar things or persons

Wistfuladjective

showing pensive sadness;

the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty