tearful

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adjective tear·ful \ˈtir-fəl\

Definition of tearful

  1. 1 :  flowing with or accompanied by tears tearful entreaties

  2. 2 :  causing tears :  teary a tearful eulogy

tearfully

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tearfulness

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Examples of tearful in a Sentence

  1. He looked up at me with his tearful eyes and asked for help.

  2. the tearful parting of two lovers

Recent Examples of tearful from the Web

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Circa 1586

First Known Use of tearful

circa 1586


TEARFUL Defined for English Language Learners

tearful

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Definition of tearful for English Language Learners

  • : filled with tears

  • : happening with tears


TEARFUL Defined for Kids

tearful

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adjective tear·ful \ˈtir-fəl\

Definition of tearful for Students

  1. :  flowing with, accompanied by, or causing tears a tearful goodbye

tearfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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