mournful

adjective mourn·ful \ ˈmȯrn-fəl \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of mournful

1 : expressing sorrow : sorrowful
2 : full of sorrow : sad
3 : causing sorrow or melancholy : gloomy

mournfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

mournfulness

noun

Examples of mournful in a Sentence

  1. she had such a mournful expression that someone teasingly asked if her dog had died

  2. the mournful survivors of the disaster were faced with the grim task of burying the dead

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First Known Use of mournful

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mournful Synonyms


MOURNFUL Defined for English Language Learners

mournful

Definition of mournful for English Language Learners

  • : full of sorrow : very sad


MOURNFUL Defined for Kids

mournful

adjective mourn·ful \ ˈmȯrn-fəl \

Definition of mournful for Students

1 : full of sorrow or sadness
  • a mournful face
2 : causing sorrow
  • mournful news

mournfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb
  • spoke mournfully

mournfulness

noun


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