from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Affected with or marked by deep sorrow, grief, or wretchedness. See Synonyms at sad.
- adj. Of an inferior or deplorable condition: a rundown, woebegone old shack.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In a deplorable state.
- adj. Filled with or deeply affected by woe.
Middle English wo begon, beset with woe : wo, woe; see woe + begon, past participle of begon, to beset (from Old English begān : be-, be- + gān, to go; see go1).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English, “woe has beset me”, from wo ("woe") + begon ("to beset, to surround") (Wiktionary)