- distress caused by loss, affliction, disappointment, etc.; grief, sadness, or regret.
- a cause or occasion of grief or regret, as an affliction, a misfortune, or trouble: His first sorrow was the bank failure.
- the expression of grief, sadness, disappointment, or the like: muffled sorrow.
- to feel sorrow; grieve.
Origin of sorrow
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Examples from the Web for sorrowed
That night, when all was still, White Fang remembered his mother and sorrowed for her.
He sorrowed too loudly and woke up Grey Beaver, who beat him.
He was the only son of his mother, and she sorrowed over him, and that was the end of it.The Chinese Fairy Book
We heard all this, and sorrowed, and wondered how it was done.Things as They Are
Miss Armytage saw and understood, and sorrowed for Sir Terence.The Snare
- the characteristic feeling of sadness, grief, or regret associated with loss, bereavement, sympathy for another's suffering, for an injury done, etc
- a particular cause or source of regret, grief, etc
- Also called: sorrowing the outward expression of grief or sadness
- (intr) to mourn or grieve
Word Origin and History for sorrowed
Old English sorg "grief, regret, trouble, care, pain, anxiety," from Proto-Germanic *sorg- (cf. Old Saxon sorga, Old Norse sorg, Middle Dutch sorghe, Dutch zorg, Old High German soraga, German sorge, Gothic saurga), perhaps from PIE *swergh- "to worry, be sick" (cf. Sanskrit surksati "cares for," Lithuanian sergu "to be sick," Old Church Slavonic sraga "sickness," Old Irish serg "sickness"). Not connected etymologically with sore (adj.) or sorry.
Old English sorgian, from sorg (see sorrow (n.)). Related: Sorrowed; sorrowing. Cf. Dutch zorgen, German sorgen, Gothic saurgan.