woeful

adjective
woe·ful | \ˈwō-fəl \
variants: or less commonly woful

Definition of woeful 

1 : full of woe : grievous woeful prophecies

2 : involving or bringing woe

3 : lamentably bad or serious : deplorable woeful ignorance

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Other Words from woeful

woefully \ˈwō-f(ə-)lē \ adverb
woefulness \ˈwō-fəl-nəs \ noun

Examples of woeful in a Sentence

The puppy had woeful eyes. The student's grades were woeful.

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This season's woeful Orioles start was mostly attributed to the team's uneven roster, with too many passengers who weren't pulling their weight and too many hitters playing not just out of position, but playing positions at all. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Trumbo's misplay in right field opens door for 3-run 8th as White Sox rally past Orioles, 3-2," 23 May 2018 Despite investing huge sums of money in new talents last summer, Milan have endured a woeful start to the Serie A season. SI.com, "AC Milan Goalkeeper Exit Rumours Intensify After Agent Meets With PSG Officials," 6 Jan. 2018 Evans: Resurrected his career with a productive 2017-18 season (19.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 45.2 percent) for the woeful Memphis Grizzlies. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Which free agents are available to the Pacers," 25 June 2018 Powerful teachers’ unions protect woeful educators when they should be sacked. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 The Astros produced more double plays (three) than hits (two), stifled for six innings by Danny Duffy before giving away two opportunities to take a lead against the woeful Royals bullpen. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' bats go cold in shutout loss to Royals," 22 June 2018 Should the hundreds of millions being invested in new real estate technology make a dent in our woeful lack of housing starts and construction? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can tech outsmart the housing shortage?," 29 May 2018 The Diamondbacks’ losing skid continues to revolve around their woeful lack of offense, but for one night at least another area of the game crept up as a co-conspirator. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Baserunning missteps cost Diamondbacks in latest loss," 22 May 2018 Heck, the Diamondbacks have even let the Los Angeles Dodgers back in it after their woeful start. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Getting a lead to bullpen has been a winning script for Brewers this season," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of woeful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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woeful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of woeful

: full of woe : very sad

: very bad

woeful

adjective
woe·ful | \ˈwō-fəl \

Kids Definition of woeful

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.

Other Words from woeful

woefully adverb

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