[mawrn-fuh l, mohrn-]


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
Related formsmourn·ful·ly, adverbmourn·ful·ness, nouno·ver·mourn·ful, adjectiveo·ver·mourn·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·mourn·ful·ness, nounun·mourn·ful, adjectiveun·mourn·ful·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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evoking grief; sorrowful
gloomy; sad
Derived Formsmournfully, adverbmournfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mournful

early 15c., from mourn + -ful. Related: Mournfully; mournfulness.

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