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tearful

[ teer-fuhl ]
/ ˈtɪər fəl /
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adjective

full of tears; weeping.
causing tears: the tearful story of his poverty.

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Origin of tearful

First recorded in 1580–90; tear1 + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for tearful

tearful
/ (ˈtɪəfʊl) /

adjective

about to cry
accompanying or indicative of weepinga tearful expression
tending to produce tears; sad

Derived forms of tearful

tearfully, adverbtearfulness, noun
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