- sorrowful; mournful; melancholy: a doleful look on her face.
Origin of doleful
Examples from the Web for doleful
Fox News called him a “doleful hound,” while the Washington Post preferred the less stylized, “slightly befuddled-looking.”The Taliban Trolled the Internet with a Dog Video and Upstaged an American POW
Brian Van Reet
February 11, 2014
Their garb lent them either the gravitas the Republican bench has previously lacked, or the doleful aspect of ushers at a funeral.Huckabee Grills GOP Candidates in Republican Presidential Forum
December 4, 2011
His prophetic and doleful despatches had been for years the joke of Foreign Offices.The Secret Agent
But what doleful ditty is this for the lips of a stout yeoman?The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Yonder is his flock; and there sits he on a rock blowing his doleful reed.The Book of Khalid
And the sight of it suggested ascertaining the identity of the doleful minstrel.The Night Riders
Wild animals and doleful creatures had everywhere increased.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
- dreary; mournfulArchaic word: dolesome (ˈdəʊlsəm)
Word Origin and History for doleful
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.