- beset with woe; affected by woe, especially in appearance.
- showing or indicating woe: He always had a woebegone look on his face.
Origin of woebegone
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2. suffering, troubled, forlorn, gloomy.
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"No one knows," said Esther, still in the same tragic, woebegone manner.The Carroll Girls
"She doesn't look half as woebegone over it as you do," I said.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
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Mary opened the door for her, and Denys was struck by her woebegone, weary face.The Girls of St. Olave's
That was snowballing a cripple, and he was really most woebegone about it.The Making of Bobby Burnit
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- sorrowful or sad in appearance
- archaic afflicted with woe
C14: from a phrase such as me is wo begon woe has beset me
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Word Origin and History for woebegone
c.1300, in me is wo bigone "woe has beset me," from woe + begon "to beset, surround."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper