Syn. See Desire.
1. Desire; eager desire; longing.
Behold, I am according to thy wish in God a stead.Job xxxiii. 6.
2. Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation.
Blistered be thy tongue for such a wish.Shak.
3. A thing desired; an object of desire.
Will he, wise, let loose at once his ire . . .Milton.
To give his enemies their wish!
(Wish"a*ble) a. Capable or worthy of being wished for; desirable. Udall.
(Wish"bone`) n. The forked bone in front of the breastbone in birds; called also merrythought,
and wishing bone. See Merrythought, and Furculum.
(Wish"ed*ly), adv. According to wish; conformably to desire. [Obs.] Chapman.
(Wish"er) n. One who wishes or desires; one who expresses a wish. Shak.
(Wish"ful) a. [Cf. Wistful.]
1. Having desire, or ardent desire; longing.
2. Showing desire; as, wishful eyes.
From Scotland am I stolen, even of pure loveShak.
To greet mine own land with my wishful sight.
3. Desirable; exciting wishes. [R.] Chapman.
Wish"ful*ly, adv. Wish"ful*ness, n.
Wishing bone. See Wishbone. Wishing cap, a cap fabled to give one whatever he wishes for
when wearing it.
(Wish"ing), a. & n. from Wish, v. t.
(Wish"ly), adv. According to desire; longingly; with wishes. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Chapman.
(Wish"ton*wish) n. [Probably of American Indian origin.] (Zoöl.) The prairie dog.
(Wish"-wash`) n. Any weak, thin drink.
(Wish"y-wash`y) a. [See Wash.] Thin and pale; weak; without strength or substance;
originally said of liquids. Fig., weak-minded; spiritless.
A weak wishy-washy man who had hardly any mind of his own.A. Trollope.
(Wish"y-wash`y), n. A weak or thin drink or liquor; wish-wash.
(Wis"ket) n. A whisket, or basket. [Prov. Eng.] Ainsworth.
(Wis"ly) adv. [See Wis, adv.] Certainly. [Obs.] "God so wisly have mercy on me." Chaucer.