doleful

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adjective dole·ful \ˈdōl-fəl\

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

dolefully

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dolefulness

noun

Examples of doleful in a sentence

  1. The girl had a doleful look on her face.

  2. You sounded so doleful about your future that night.

Origin and Etymology of doleful

see 1dole


First Known Use: 13th century


DOLEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

doleful

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adjective dole·ful \ˈdōl-fəl\

Definition of doleful for English Language Learners

  • : very sad


DOLEFUL Defined for Kids

doleful

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adjective dole·ful \ˈdōl-fəl\

Definition of doleful for Students

  1. :  very sad a doleful day

dolefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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