woeful

or wo·ful

[woh-fuhl]

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.

Origin of woeful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at woe, -ful
Related formswoe·ful·ly, adverbwoe·ful·ness, nounun·woe·ful, adjectiveun·woe·ful·ly, adverbun·woe·ful·ness, noun

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woeful

adjective

expressing or characterized by sorrow
bringing or causing woe
pitiful; miserablea woeful standard of work
Derived Formswoefully, adverbwoefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for woful

woeful

adj.

c.1300, "afflicted with sorrow," from woe + -ful. Weakened sense of "very bad" recorded by 1610s. Related: Woefully; woefulness.

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