doleful

[ dohl-fuh l ]
/ ˈdoʊl fəl /

adjective

sorrowful; mournful; melancholy: a doleful look on her face.

Nearby words

  1. dole,
  2. dole bludger,
  3. dole cupboard,
  4. dole, bob,
  5. dole, sanford ballard,
  6. dolefully,
  7. dolente,
  8. dolerite,
  9. doleritic,
  10. dolesome

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

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British Dictionary definitions for doleful

doleful

/ (ˈdəʊlfʊl) /

adjective

dreary; mournfulArchaic word: dolesome (ˈdəʊlsəm)
Derived Formsdolefully, adverbdolefulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for doleful

doleful

adj.

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.

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