: causing grief or affliction <a doleful loss>
: expressing grief : sad <a doleful melody>
— dole·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
— dole·ful·ness noun
Examples of DOLEFUL
- The girl had a doleful look on her face.
- You sounded so doleful about your future that night.
First Known Use of DOLEFUL
Related to DOLEFUL
- aching, agonized, anguished, bemoaning, bewailing, bitter, deploring, mournful, dolesome, dolorous, funeral, grieving, heartbroken, lamentable, lugubrious, plaintive, plangent, regretful, rueful, sorrowful, sorry, wailing, weeping, woeful
- blissful, buoyant, buoyed, cheerful, cheery, chipper, delighted, glad, gladdened, gladsome, gleeful, happy, joyful, joyous, jubilant, sunny, upbeat
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