Dictionary.com

doleful

[ dohl-fuhl ]
/ ˈdoʊl fəl /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: doleful / dolefully / dolefulness on Thesaurus.com

adjective
sorrowful; mournful; melancholy: a doleful look on her face.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of doleful

First recorded in 1225–75, doleful is from the Middle English word dol-ful.See dole2, -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM doleful

dole·ful·ly, adverbdole·ful·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use doleful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for doleful

doleful
/ (ˈdəʊlfʊl) /

adjective
dreary; mournfulArchaic word: dolesome (ˈdəʊlsəm)

Derived forms of doleful

dolefully, 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
FEEDBACK