[ sor-uh-fuhl, sawr- ]
See synonyms for: sorrowfulsorrowfullysorrowfulness on

  1. full of or feeling sorrow; grieved; sad.

  2. showing or expressing sorrow; mournful; plaintive: a sorrowful song.

  1. involving or causing sorrow; distressing: a sorrowful event.

Origin of sorrowful

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

Other words for sorrowful

Other words from sorrowful

  • sor·row·ful·ly, adverb
  • sor·row·ful·ness, noun
  • o·ver·sor·row·ful, adjective
  • o·ver·sor·row·ful·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·sor·row·ful·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sorrowful in a sentence

  • When it was given, he took it sorrowfully up in his arms and carried it away to the waiting troop.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • "Yes, I'll write," nodded Quentina, backing sorrowfully away.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • "It couldna ha'e been worse," said Jenny Maitland sorrowfully to her next door neighbor.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh