[ ri-gret-fuh l ]
/ rɪˈgrɛt fəl /


full of regret; sorrowful because of what is lost, gone, or done.

Nearby words

  1. regressive staining,
  2. regressive tax,
  3. regressively,
  4. regressivity,
  5. regret,
  6. regrettable,
  7. regroup,
  8. regrow,
  9. regrowth,
  10. regt

Origin of regretful

First recorded in 1640–50; regret + -ful

Related forms
Can be confusedregretful regrettableregretfully regrettably Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for regretful



1640s, "full of regret," from regret + -ful. Regretfully, properly "with regret," incorrectly used in place of regrettably "it is to be regretted that; calling for regret" since at least 1965. "A regrettable use, prob. after HOPEFULLY adv.2" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper