Origin of pitiful
Examples from the Web for pitifully
The reason you want to do this is not to burn off the pitifully small amount of calories you will consume from walking.
“Julie Burchill is, of course, not loveable, and has pitifully late middle-aged legs,” he writes.Speed Read: 13 Juiciest Bits From Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’|Nico Hines|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I want to know why commercial sex lags so pitifully far behind ostentatious transportation.
Besides, his muscles and above all his hands were pitifully soft after an indoor winter and his fortnight of vegetating.Rough-Hewn|Dorothy Canfield
It required no expert to see that they were pitifully spurious.
It means to them, pitifully enough, a respectability they have never been quite able to encompass.How To Write Special Feature Articles|Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
But small—how pitifully small it looked to-day—and how lonely!The Blue Flower, and Others|Henry van Dyke
He thought of the food supply, so pitifully small, and of the months it would have to last.Space Prison|Tom Godwin
c.1300, "merciful, compassionate" (implied in pitifully), from pity + -ful. Sense of "exciting or deserving pity" is from mid-15c.; that of "mean, wretched, contemptible" is 1580s. Related: Pitifulness.