mournful

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

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. mourn,
  2. mourne mountains,
  3. mourner,
  4. mourner's kaddish,
  5. mourners' bench,
  6. mournfully,
  7. mourning,
  8. mourning band,
  9. mourning becomes electra,
  10. mourning cloak

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

mournful

/ (ˈmɔːnfʊl) /

adjective

evoking grief; sorrowful
gloomy; sad
Derived Formsmournfully, adverbmournfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for mournful

mournful

adj.

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

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