tearful

[ teer-fuh l ]
/ ˈtɪər fəl /

adjective

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

Origin of tearful

First recorded in 1580–90; tear1 + -ful
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tearful

/ (ˈtɪəfʊl) /

adjective

about to cry
accompanying or indicative of weepinga tearful expression
tending to produce tears; sad
Derived Formstearfully, adverbtearfulness, noun
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