- Woe is defined as a way to express sorrow.
An example of woe is what you say to express sadness.
- Woe is a feeling of deep sorrow or grief.
An example of woe is what you feel when someone you love dies.
- great sorrow; grief; misery
- a cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble
Origin of woeMiddle English wo from Old English wa, woe from Indo-European interjection an unverified form wai- from source Old Norse væ, Gothic wai, Welsh gwae, Classical Latin vae
- Sorrow or grief; misery. See Synonyms at regret.
- a. Misfortune or wretchedness: listened to his tale of woe.b. A cause of sorrow or misery; a misfortune: economic and political woes.
Used to express sorrow or dismay.
Origin of woeMiddle English wa, wo from Old English wā woe!
(comparative more woe, superlative most woe)
- Woe was this knight and sorrowfully he sighed.
- And looking up he waxed wondrous woe.