- The definition of dolorous is a person who is very sad.
An example of dolorous is someone crying uncontrollably at a funeral; a dolorous person.
- very sorrowful or sad; mournful
- Archaic painful
Origin of dolorousOld French dolerous ; from Late Latin dolorosus: see dolor
Origin of dolorousMiddle English, from Old French doloros, from Late Latin dolōrōsus, from dolor, dolor; see dolor.
From Old French dolerous (modern French douloureux), from Latin dolōrōsus (“painful”).