- full of woe; sad; mournful
- of, causing, or involving woe
- pitiful; wretched; miserable
- A pathetic attempt to complete a project is an example of a woeful attempt.
- An expression of great sorrow is an example of a woeful expression.
The definition of woeful is something really bad or pathetic, or something characterized by sorrow or misery.
- Affected by or full of woe; mournful: feeling woeful.
- Causing, involving, or expressing woe: a woeful situation; woeful eyes.
- Deplorably bad: woeful errors in judgment.
(comparative more woeful, superlative most woeful)
From woe +"Ž -ful.
- It may be that the parents simply can't stand to hear their babies' woeful cries.
- Ideally, many of us would prefer to bring home a healthy kitten, but there's always a chance your heart will be stolen by a woeful little feline that's suffering from some sort of illness or injury.
- He has had his reward, for assuredly the portrait of St Louis, from the early collection of anecdotes to the last hearsay sketch of the woeful end at Tunis, with the famous enseignement which is still the best summary of the theoretical duties of a Christian king in medieval times, is such as to take away all charge of vulgarity or mere commerage from Joinville, a charge to which otherwise he might perhaps have been exposed.