Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affected by or full of woe; mournful.
  • adj. Causing or involving woe.
  • adj. Deplorably bad or wretched: woeful treatment of the accused; woeful errors in judgment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of woe; sorrowful; distressed with grief or calamity.
  • adj. Bringing calamity, distress, or affliction.
  • adj. wretched; paltry; poor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of woe; sorrowful; distressed with grief or calamity; afflicted; wretched; unhappy; sad.
  • adj. Bringing calamity, distress, or affliction.
  • adj. Wretched; paltry; miserable; poor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of woe; distressed with grief or calamity; afflicted; sorrowful.
  • Relating or pertaining to woe; expressing woe; characterized by sorrow or woe; deplorable.
  • Wretched; paltry; mean; pitiful.
  • =Syn.2. Mournful, calamitous, disastrous, afflictive, miserable, grievous. See woe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affected by or full of grief or woe
  • adj. of very poor quality or condition

Etymologies

From woe +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Liverpool were again woeful as an injury-plagued Everton side secured their first derby win in four years through goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta.

    Liverpool display was best so far says Roy Hodgson despite Everton win

  • SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Drew Gooden left the Chicago Bulls and their losing record last month before spending a couple weeks in woeful Sacramento.

    USATODAY.com

  • The Pacers were woeful from the floor in the opening minutes - missing 14 of their first 18 shots - but Dunleavy did plenty to make sure Miami didn't open an early lead.

    USATODAY.com

  • It was in woeful condition due and in danger of being lost, until the new owners decided to save it.

    Restoring The Turkel House

  • Time sware my life should fare in woeful waste, ii.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So he drave out to Miriam, who ran at him with the best of her skill and charged him with the goodliness of her cleverness and her courage and her cunning in fence and cavalarice, crying to him, “O accursed, O enemy of Allah and the Moslems, I will assuredly send thee after thy brothers and woeful is the abiding-place of the Miscreants!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • News: MS marketing for XBLC games "woeful" - Clover/Tank Strike devs scream change.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Crime and what many in the medical field call a woeful lack of medical treatment.

    CNN Transcript Feb 3, 2008

  • CALLEBS: In many ways, Cotton's death shines a glaring light on two of the problems plaguing post-Katrina New Orleans -- crime and what many in the medical field call a woeful lack of mental health treatment.

    CNN Transcript Feb 2, 2008

  • In it, she recalls the woeful tale of one museum's archaeological collection, which had been stored in an abandoned car wash for two years.

    Letter From Arizona: Homeless Collections

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