• synonyms


[dohl-fuh l]
See more synonyms for doleful on Thesaurus.com
  1. sorrowful; mournful; melancholy: a doleful look on her face.
Show More

Origin of doleful

First recorded in 1225–75, doleful is from the Middle English word dol-ful. See dole2, -ful
Related formsdole·ful·ly, adverbdole·ful·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for doleful

afflicted, cheerless, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, dismal, dispirited, distressing, dolorous, down, downcast, downhearted, dreary, forlorn, funereal, gloomy, lamentable, lugubrious, melancholy, mournful

Examples from the Web for doleful

Contemporary Examples of doleful

Historical Examples of doleful

British Dictionary definitions for doleful


  1. dreary; mournfulArchaic word: dolesome (ˈdəʊlsəm)
Show More
Derived Formsdolefully, adverbdolefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper