Woe Definition

woes
noun
woes
Great sorrow; grief; misery.
Webster's New World
Misfortune or wretchedness.
Listened to his tale of woe.
American Heritage
A cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
joyhappiness
interjection
Alas.
Webster's New World
Used to express sorrow or dismay.
American Heritage
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adjective
Chaucer.
Woe was this knight and sorrowfully he sighed.
Wiktionary
Spenser.
And looking up he waxed wondrous woe.
Wiktionary
idiom
woe is me
  • Used to lament one's situation or fate.
American Heritage
woe to (someone)
  • Used to express the wish that misfortune befall someone.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Woe

Noun

Singular:
woe
Plural:
woes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Woe

Origin of Woe

  • From Middle English wo, wei, wa, from Old English , wēa, from Proto-Germanic *wai, whence also Dutch wee, German weh, Danish ve, Yiddish וויי. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wai. Compare Latin vae.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English wa, wo from Old English woe!

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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