[ pahy-ning ]
Part of SpeechadjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Old English; of the Germanic origin; related to the Dutch pijnen, German peinen, "experience pain," also to obsolete pine, "punishment;" ultimately based on the Latin poena "punishment"
adjectivesuffering with or expressing longing or yearning for someone or something
adjectiveA) The pining woman spent her days waiting and wishing for the return of her long-lost love. B) His pining words pulled on her heartstrings, but she still would not take him back.