mourn·​ful | \ ˈmȯrn-fəl How to pronounce mournful (audio) \

Definition of mournful

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

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Other Words from mournful

mournfully \ ˈmȯrn-​fə-​lē How to pronounce mournfully (audio) \ adverb
mournfulness noun

Examples of mournful in a Sentence

she had such a mournful expression that someone teasingly asked if her dog had died the mournful survivors of the disaster were faced with the grim task of burying the dead
Recent Examples on the Web An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ann Levin, Star Tribune, "Review: Ayad Akhtar's `fever dream' of a fallen America," 14 Sep. 2020 Yet her mournful eyes spoke to me of a person who knew that nothing astonishing would ever happen in her life. Buku Sarkar, The New York Review of Books, "Sharmila, the Chaiwalla, and Me," 14 Sep. 2020 The ritual involves a series of notes, a sort of spiritual Morse code ranging from one big blast to a series of short, staccato sounds, ending with a prolonged, mournful note. Washington Post, "Few will hear the shofar blown indoors this Rosh Hashanah. So rabbis are taking to the streets.," 11 Sep. 2020 Taps was played by a bugler in the Red Arrow veterans group, who pulled his mask down to sound the mournful salute. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marker dedicated for World War II veteran killed in New Guinea and buried in unmarked grave for 71 years," 10 Sep. 2020 From Marvel costars to politicians like Kamala Harris, mournful tributes poured in all over social media on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Hollywood Pays Tribute to Chadwick Boseman, Star of Black Panther, Who Died at 43," 29 Aug. 2020 While Paisley's mournful face croons behind his guitar, the memories of his ex play like a highlight reel of good times past. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time: Staff List," 27 Aug. 2020 Obama’s speech Wednesday night, delivered amid the pin-drop silence of a museum in Philadelphia, possessed a mournful gravity that would have been ill suited to a raucous convention hall. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Puzzlingly Substanceless Democratic Convention," 20 Aug. 2020 Perched on a rooftop overlooking a metropolitan area, Bridges and his band performed the mournful song, as the singer established his hope for a better feature through the moving lyrics. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Leon Bridges Hopes for a 'Sweeter' Future at 2020 Democratic National Convention," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mournful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mournful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce mournful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mournful

: full of sorrow : very sad


mourn·​ful | \ ˈmȯrn-fəl How to pronounce mournful (audio) \

Kids Definition of mournful

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

Other Words from mournful

mournfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb spoke mournfully

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