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woeful

adjective woe·ful \ˈwō-fəl\

Simple Definition of woeful

  • : full of woe : very sad

  • : very bad

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

woefully play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
woefulness play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of woeful in a sentence

  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 woful play \ˈwō-fəl\

WOEFUL Defined for Kids

woeful

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adjective woe·ful \ˈwō-fəl\

Definition of woeful for Students

  1. 1 :  full of grief or misery <a woeful heart> <a woeful tale>

  2. 2 :  bringing woe or misery <a woeful day>

  3. 3 :  very bad <Your grades are woeful.>

woefully adverb




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