[ sor-uh-fuhl, sawr- ]
/ ˈsɒr ə fəl, ˈsɔr- /


full of or feeling sorrow; grieved; sad.
showing or expressing sorrow; mournful; plaintive: a sorrowful song.
involving or causing sorrow; distressing: a sorrowful event.

Nearby words

  1. sorrel salt,
  2. sorrel tree,
  3. sorrentino,
  4. sorrento,
  5. sorrow,
  6. sorrowfully,
  7. sorrows,
  8. sorrows of young werther, the,
  9. sorry,
  10. sort

Origin of sorrowful

before 900; Middle English sorowful, Old English sorgful. See sorrow, -ful

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for sorrowful



Old English sorgful "sad, anxious, careful; distressing, doleful;" see sorrow (n.) + -ful. Related: Sorrowfully; sorowfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper