- To mourn is to feel or show intensive grief or sadness, usually as a result of a loss.
When a loved one dies and you feel intense grief at his passing, this is an example of a time when you mourn.
- to feel or express sorrow; lament; grieve
- to grieve for someone who has died; specif., to manifest the conventional signs of such grief, as by wearing black clothes
- to make the low, continuous sound of a dove
Origin of mournMiddle English mournen ; from Old English murnan; akin to Gothic an unverified form maúrnan, to be anxious ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)mer-, to remember: see merit
- to feel or express sorrow for (something regrettable)
- to grieve for (someone who has died)
- to utter in a manner expressing sorrow
verbmourned, mourn·ing, mourns
- To feel or express grief or sorrow. See Synonyms at grieve.
- To show grief for a death by conventional signs, as by wearing black clothes.
- To make a low, indistinct, mournful sound. Used especially of a dove.
- To feel or express deep regret for: mourned the wasted years.
- To grieve over (someone who has died).
- To utter sorrowfully.
Origin of mournMiddle English mournen, from Old English murnan; see (s)mer-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present mourns, present participle mourning, simple past and past participle mourned)
Old English murnan, cognate with French morne (“gloomy”).