Fox News called him a “doleful hound,” while the Washington Post preferred the less stylized, “slightly befuddled-looking.”
Their garb lent them either the gravitas the Republican bench has previously lacked, or the doleful aspect of ushers at a funeral.
As I was saying, why should I pretend to be pensive and doleful, when I am as merry as a lark?
And he concludes this doleful story with the question, "What am I in duty bound to do?"
The Captain stood gazing at her out of the window, with his hands in his pockets and a doleful look of bewilderment on his face.
The doleful fact is, I'm too wretchedly shy and awkward to live.
"The Jacobins will rise in consequence of this blunder," was the doleful prophecy.
Every day, and many times a day, arose the doleful cry of distress.
He returned to Haramont, singing the most doleful of rural ballads to the mournfullest tunes.
"I'm an old woman," sighed Mrs. Clibborn, with a doleful glance.
late 13c., with -ful, from Middle English dole "grief" (early 13c.), from Old French doel (Modern French deuil), from Late Latin dolus "grief," from Latin dolere "suffer, grieve." Related: Dolefully.