The definition of doleful is full of grief or sadness.
An example of doleful is a family who's dog has died.
full of or causing sorrow or sadness; mournful; melancholy
Origin of dolefulMiddle English dolful from dol, grief ( from Old French doel from Vulgar Latin dolus, grief, pain from Classical Latin dolere, to suffer from Indo-European base an unverified form del-, an unverified form dol-, to split, cut) + -ful, -ful
- Filled with or expressing grief; mournful. See Synonyms at sad.
- Causing grief: a doleful loss.
(comparative dolefuler, superlative dolefulest)
dole + -ful