- longing (adj.)
- early 15c. (implied in longingly), present-participle adjective from long (v.).
- longing (n.)
- "yearning, eager desire, craving," Old English langung "longing, weariness, sadness, dejection," verbal noun from long (v.).
2. Specifically, in pathol., one of the peculiar and often whimsical desires experienced by pregnant women. [Century Dictionary, 1899]