tear·​ful | \ ˈtir-fəl How to pronounce tearful (audio) \

Definition of tearful

1 : flowing with or accompanied by tears tearful entreaties
2 : causing tears : teary a tearful eulogy

Other Words from tearful

tearfully \ ˈtir-​fə-​lē How to pronounce tearful (audio) \ adverb
tearfulness noun

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Examples of tearful in a Sentence

He looked up at me with his tearful eyes and asked for help. the tearful parting of two lovers
Recent Examples on the Web British singer Adele announced in a tearful Instagram video Thursday that her 2022 Las Vegas residency is being rescheduled due to delivery delays and COVID-19 related issues. Alexandra Larkin, CBS News, 21 Jan. 2022 The singer attributed the delay to a Covid outbreak among her crew members and holdup with deliveries in a tearful video Thursday. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 21 Jan. 2022 In a tearful video posted to Instagram Thursday evening (January 20), Adele announced the cancellation of her residency show, apologizing to fans and explaining the need for delay. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 21 Jan. 2022 But a tearful video posted on social media Wednesday by a Belgian skeleton racer drew attention to covid troubles from within the Olympics community. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 The trailer revealed snippets of some of the cast’s runway looks, competitive strategies and tearful exchanges, as well as the show-stopping reveal of Campbell appearing in front of the cast for the first time. Sasha Urban, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 Observers described an tearful courtroom following the exchange. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 22 Apr. 2022 Osaka, who has been admirably open about battling depression and took a long mental-health break last year, became tearful and agitated. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 For regulars of the surviving restaurants, reunions this past winter have often been tearful. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tearful

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tearful was circa 1586

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“Tearful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tearful. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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tear·​ful | \ ˈtir-fəl How to pronounce tearful (audio) \

Kids Definition of tearful

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

Other Words from tearful

tearfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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