LONGING: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for LONGING?

Need another word that means the same as “longing”? Find 22 synonyms and 30 related words for “longing” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Longing” are: hungriness, yearning, pining, craving, ache, burning, hunger, thirst, itch, urge, lust, hankering, need, eagerness, zeal, covetousness, desirous, hungry, thirsty, avid, covetous

Longing as a Noun

Definitions of "Longing" as a noun

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “longing” as a noun can have the following definitions:

  • Prolonged unfulfilled desire or need.
  • A yearning desire.

Synonyms of "Longing" as a noun (16 Words)

acheA continuous or prolonged dull pain in a part of one’s body.
The ache in her head worsened.
burningThe act of burning something.
The burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance.
covetousnessReprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins.
cravingA powerful desire for something.
A craving for chocolate.
eagernessA positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something.
They showed no eagerness to spread the gospel.
hankeringA strong desire to have or do something.
He had a hankering to return to Scotland.
hungerStrong desire for something (not food or drink.
Hunger for affection.
hungrinessProlonged unfulfilled desire or need.
itchA contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation.
He has a bad case of the itch.
needCircumstances in which something is necessary; necessity.
A general state of need exists among the homeless.
piningA coniferous tree.
thirstA physiological need to drink.
They quenched their thirst with spring water.
urgeA strong desire or impulse.
Why this urge to travel.
yearningProlonged unfulfilled desire or need.
He felt a yearning for the mountains.
zealA feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause.
His zeal for privatization.

Usage Examples of "Longing" as a noun

  • Miranda felt a wistful longing for the old days.
  • A tale of love and longing.

Longing as an Adjective

Definitions of "Longing" as an adjective

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “longing” as an adjective can have the following definitions:

  • Having or showing a yearning desire.

Synonyms of "Longing" as an adjective (6 Words)

avid(often followed by `for’) ardently or excessively desirous.
An avid ambition to succeed.
covetousImmoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth.
She fingered the linen with covetous hands.
desirousHaving or characterized by desire.
The Pope was desirous of peace in Europe.
hungryHaving a strong desire or craving.
A party hungry for power.
thirstyAble to take in large quantities of moisture.
She s not even looking at you Stop being so thirsty.
yearningInvolving or expressing yearning.
A yearning hope.

Usage Examples of "Longing" as an adjective

  • Her longing eyes.

Associations of "Longing" (30 Words)

ambitionHave as one s ambition.
His ambition is to own his own business.
aspirationThe act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing.
The needs and aspirations of the people.
aspireRise high; tower.
We never thought that we might aspire to those heights.
bygonePast events to be put aside.
Bygone days.
covetWish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person.
I covet one of their smart bags.
cravingAn intense desire for some particular thing.
A craving for chocolate.
desireExpress a desire for.
They were clinging together in fierce desire.
despairThe complete loss or absence of hope.
In despair I hit the bottle.
desperationA state in which all hope is lost or absent.
She wrote to him in desperation.
eagerlyWith eagerness; in an eager manner.
Original illustrations are eagerly sought by collectors.
expectConsider obligatory request and expect.
One might expect that Hollywood would adjust its approach.
fatigueA reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.
They were fatigued by their journey.
hankeringA yearning for something or to do something.
A hankering for family life.
homesickExperiencing a longing for one’s home during a period of absence from it.
He was homesick for America after five weeks in Europe.
homesicknessA longing to return home.
I lived four years in London without a single pang of homesickness.
hungerFeel or suffer hunger.
When he had fasted forty days and forty nights he afterwards hungered.
infatuationAn object of extravagant short-lived passion.
The thrill of infatuation.
insatiableOf a person having an insatiable appetite or desire for something especially sex.
An insatiable demand for old buildings to restore.
longLong dated securities especially gilts.
A long game.
missFail to see or have a meeting with (someone.
She missed his point.
nostalgiaSomething done or presented in order to evoke feelings of nostalgia.
I was overcome with acute nostalgia for my days at university.
oldieAn old song, film, or television programme that is still well known or popular.
Collections of pop oldies.
starveBe hungry; go without food.
The Royalists were starved out after eleven days.
thirstA feeling of needing or wanting to drink something.
A thirst for knowledge.
unquenchableImpossible to quench.
His enthusiasm was unquenchable.
unrequited(of a feeling, especially love) not returned.
He s been pining with unrequited love.
wantHunt or look for want for a particular reason.
You shall want for nothing while you are with me.
wearinessReluctance to see or experience any more of something.
Growing war weariness.
yearnHave an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from.
No fellow spirit yearned towards her.
yearningInvolving or expressing yearning.
He felt a yearning for the mountains.

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