woeful

or wo·ful

[ woh-fuhl ]
/ ˈwoʊ fəl /

adjective

full of woe; wretched; unhappy: a woeful situation.
affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe: woeful melodies.
of wretched quality; sorry; poor: a woeful collection of paintings.

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Origin of woeful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at woe, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for woeful

woeful
/ (ˈwəʊfəl) /

adjective

expressing or characterized by sorrow
bringing or causing woe
pitiful; miserablea woeful standard of work

Derived forms of woeful

woefully, adverbwoefulness, noun
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