woe


1woe

interjection \ˈwō\

Definition of WOE

—used to express grief, regret, or distress

Examples of WOE

  1. <ah, woe, with the death of the last of my siblings I am alone in this world!>

Origin of WOE

Middle English wa, wo, from Old English wā; akin to Old Norse vei, interjection, woe, Latin vae
First Known Use: before 12th century

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Synonyms
alack, ay, wirra [Irish], alas

2woe

noun

: a feeling of great pain or sadness

woes : problems or troubles

Full Definition of WOE

1
:  a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction, or grief
2
:  ruinous trouble :  calamity, affliction <economic woes>

Examples of WOE

  1. The city's traffic woes are well-known.
  2. <a tale of misery and woe>

First Known Use of WOE

before 12th century

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