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woeful

adjective woe·ful \ˈwō-fəl\

Simple Definition of woeful

  • : full of woe : very sad

  • : very bad

Full Definition of woeful

  1. 1 :  full of woe :  grievous <woeful prophecies>

  2. 2 :  involving or bringing woe

  3. 3 :  lamentably bad or serious :  deplorable <woeful ignorance>

woe·ful·ly play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
woe·ful·ness play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of woeful

  1. The puppy had woeful eyes.

  2. The student's grades were woeful.



14th Century

First Known Use of woeful

14th century

Variants of woeful

also wo·ful play \ˈwō-fəl\


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