Simple Definition of woebegone
: looking or feeling very sad
Full Definition of woebegone
1 : strongly affected with woe : woeful
2 a : exhibiting great woe, sorrow, or misery <a woebegone expression> b : being in a sorry state <woebegone tattered clothes>
Examples of woebegone in a sentence
His face had a woebegone expression.
<the most woebegone people that I had ever seen in my life>
Did You Know?
At first glance, "woebegone" looks like a word that has its meaning backwards; after all, if begone means "go away," shouldn't "woebegone" mean "devoid of woe," or "happy"? Not exactly. The word derives from the Middle English phrase "wo begon." The "wo" in this phrase simply means "woe," but "begon" (deriving from Old English "begān") is a past participle meaning "beset." Someone who is "woebegone," therefore, is beset with woe. Since the early 19th century, the word has also been used to describe things that appear to express sadness, as in "a woebegone face."
Origin of woebegone
Middle English wo begon, from wo, noun + begon, past participle of begon to go about, beset, from Old English begān, from be- + gān to go — more at go
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with woebegone
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