adjective dole·ful \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

DOLEFULLY Defined for Kids


adjective dole·ful \ˈdōl-fəl\

Definition of DOLEFUL for Kids

:  very sad <a doleful day>
dole·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb


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