Definition of woebegone
1 : strongly affected with woe : woeful
2a : exhibiting great woe, sorrow, or misery a woebegone expressionb : being in a sorry state woebegone tattered clothes
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Examples of woebegone in a Sentence
His face had a woebegone expression.
the most woebegone people that I had ever seen in my life
Recent Examples of woebegone from the Web
This was her indoctrination to Fort Worth, a gateway to the perils of Las Vegas Trail, a woebegone four-lane strip on the city’s west side that stretches nearly a mile, from I-30 south to Camp Bowie Boulevard.
The 49ers are very clear about what this season is, and have been since Shanahan and Lynch got twin six-year contracts (unprecedentedly long deals for two first-timers) from CEO Jed York to rebuild a woebegone franchise.
Dolan isn’t merely the owner of a rich but woebegone franchise but an embarrassment to the NBA.
With back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, the woebegone Twins had broken open a previously one-run game.
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Breaking Down woebegone
At first glance, woebegone looks like a word that has its meaning backwards; after all, if begone means "to go away," shouldn't woebegone mean "devoid of woe," or "happy"? Not exactly. The word derives from the Middle English phrase wo begon. The wo in this phrase simply means "woe," but begon (deriving from Old English began) is a past participle meaning "beset." Someone who is woebegone, therefore, is beset with woe. Since the early 19th century, the word has also been used to describe things that appear to express sadness, as in "a woebegone face."
WOEBEGONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of woebegone for English Language Learners
: looking or feeling very sad
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