woeful

adjective woe·ful \ ˈwō-fəl \
variants: or less commonly woful
Updated on: 28 Jan 2018

Definition of woeful

1 : full of woe : grievous
  • woeful prophecies
2 : involving or bringing woe
3 : lamentably bad or serious : deplorable
  • woeful ignorance

woefully

play \ˈwō-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

woefulness

play \ˈwō-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of woeful in a Sentence

  1. The puppy had woeful eyes.

  2. The student's grades were woeful.

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First Known Use of woeful

14th century

woeful Synonyms


WOEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

woeful

adjective

Definition of woeful for English Language Learners

  • : full of woe : very sad

  • : very bad


WOEFUL Defined for Kids

woeful

adjective woe·ful \ ˈwō-fəl \

Definition of woeful for Students

1 : full of grief or misery
  • a woeful heart
  • a woeful tale
2 : bringing woe or misery
  • a woeful day
3 : very bad Your grades are woeful.

woefully

adverb


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