Origin of doleful
OTHER WORDS FROM dolefuldole·ful·ly, adverbdole·ful·ness, noun
Words nearby doleful
How to use doleful in a sentence
They were a little wet and doleful looking, but llamas were bred to withstand the brutal weather of the Andes.Want to Travel in the Backcountry with Small Children? Rent a Llama.|lwhelan|September 17, 2021|Outside Online
Fox News called him a “doleful hound,” while the Washington Post preferred the less stylized, “slightly befuddled-looking.”The Taliban Trolled the Internet with a Dog Video and Upstaged an American POW|Brian Van Reet|February 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is an even more doleful cultural signifier in all this: the mess that invariably follows the big announcement.
Hollande basically tried to remain above the fray and reinforced his already doleful image as an ineffectual executive.
Their garb lent them either the gravitas the Republican bench has previously lacked, or the doleful aspect of ushers at a funeral.Huckabee Grills GOP Candidates in Republican Presidential Forum|Lloyd Grove|December 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But the business of most of them that fared this way whose faring has been preserved was of a very doleful character.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
When his disciple had finished the solemn and doleful phrase, he smiled while looking round.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
Some of the animals suffered so with thirst that they could not graze, and uttered doleful whinneys of distress.Overland|John William De Forest
Perhaps it was this doleful, ominous sound more than anything else that somehow took the enthusiasm out of them.The Rival Campers Afloat|Ruel Perley Smith
And no wonder, for of all the doleful too-tooings ever uttered by wind instrument, this was the dolefullest.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks|Bracebridge Hemyng