doleful

[ dohl-fuhl ]
/ ˈdoʊl fəl /

adjective

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

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for doleful

doleful
/ (ˈdəʊlfʊl) /

adjective

dreary; mournfulArchaic word: dolesome (ˈdəʊlsəm)

Derived forms of doleful

dolefully, adverbdolefulness, noun
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