adjective \ˈdōl-fəl\

: very sad

Full Definition of DOLEFUL

:  causing grief or affliction <a doleful loss>
:  full of grief :  cheerless <a doleful face>
:  expressing grief :  sad <a doleful melody>
dole·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
dole·ful·ness noun

Examples of DOLEFUL

  1. The girl had a doleful look on her face.
  2. You sounded so doleful about your future that night.

First Known Use of DOLEFUL

13th century

Rhymes with DOLEFUL


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