[ woh-bi-gawn, -gon ]
/ ˈwoʊ bɪˌgɔn, -ˌgɒn /


beset with woe; affected by woe, especially in appearance.
showing or indicating woe: He always had a woebegone look on his face.

Origin of woebegone

1300–50; Middle English wo begon orig., woe (has or had) surrounded (someone); wo woe + begon, past participle of begon, Old English begān to surround, besiege (see be-, go1)

Related forms

woe·be·gone·ness, noun
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/ (ˈwəʊbɪˌɡɒn) /


sorrowful or sad in appearance
archaic afflicted with woe

Word Origin for woebegone

C14: from a phrase such as me is wo begon woe has beset me
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