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woebegone

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

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

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Origin of woebegone

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English wo begon originally, “woe (has or had) beset (someone)”; equivalent to wo + begon, past participle of begon, Old English begān “to surround, beset”; see origin at woe, be-, go1

OTHER WORDS FROM woebegone

woe·be·gone·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for woebegone

woebegone
/ (ˈwəʊbɪˌɡɒn) /

adjective

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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