[ mawrn-fuh l, mohrn- ]
/ ˈmɔrn fəl, ˈmoʊrn- /


feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful; sad.
of or relating to mourning for the dead.
causing grief or lament: a mournful occasion.
gloomy, somber, or dreary, as in appearance or character: mournful shadows.

Origin of mournful

First recorded in 1375–1425, mournful is from the late Middle English word morneful. See mourn, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for mournful

/ (ˈmɔːnfʊl) /


evoking grief; sorrowful
gloomy; sad

Derived forms of mournful

mournfully, adverbmournfulness, noun
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