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
The definition of doleful is full of grief or sadness.
An example of doleful is a family who's dog has died.
- Filled with or expressing grief; mournful. See Synonyms at sad.
- Causing grief: a doleful loss.
(comparative dolefuler, superlative dolefulest)
dole + -ful
- There is no positive evidence of any measures taken or threatened against him; but it is certain that he passed nearly the whole of 1546 and part of 1547 at Metz in Lorraine as physician to the town at the salary of 120 livres, and Sturm speaks of him as having been "cast out of France by the times" (with the exclamation c56 TLilv xpovwv) in a contemporary letter, and says that he himself in another letter gives a doleful account of his pecuniary affairs and asks for assistance.