woe

[ woh ]
/ woʊ /

noun

grievous distress, affliction, or trouble: His woe was almost beyond description.
an affliction: She suffered a fall, among her other woes.

interjection

an exclamation of grief, distress, or lamentation.

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Origin of woe

First recorded before 900; Middle English wo (interjection and noun), Old English (interjection) (cf. wellaway); cognate with Dutch wee,German Weh,Old Norse vei,Latin vae

synonym study for woe

1. See sorrow.
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British Dictionary definitions for woe

woe
/ (wəʊ) /

noun

literary intense grief or misery
(often plural) affliction or misfortune
woe betide someone misfortune will befall someonewoe betide you if you arrive late

interjection

Also: woe is me archaic an exclamation of sorrow or distress

Word Origin for woe

Old English wā, wǣ; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wē, Old Norse vei, Gothic wai, Latin vae, Sanskrit uvē; see wail
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