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doleful

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adjective dole·ful \ˈdōl-fəl\

Simple Definition of doleful

  • : very sad

Full Definition of doleful

  1. 1 :  causing grief or affliction <a doleful loss>

  2. 2 :  full of grief :  cheerless <a doleful face>

  3. 3 :  expressing grief :  sad <a doleful melody>

dole·ful·ly play \-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.



13th Century

First Known Use of doleful

13th century

Rhymes with doleful



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