Woe meaning

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Woe is defined as a way to express sorrow.

An example of woe is what you say to express sadness.

interjection
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Sorrow or grief; misery.
noun
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Woe is a feeling of deep sorrow or grief.

An example of woe is what you feel when someone you love dies.

noun
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Used to express sorrow or dismay.
interjection
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Great sorrow; grief; misery.
noun
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A cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble.
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Chaucer.

Woe was this knight and sorrowfully he sighed.

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Spenser.

And looking up he waxed wondrous woe.

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Alas.
interjection
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woe is me
  • Used to lament one's situation or fate.
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woe to (someone)
  • Used to express the wish that misfortune befall someone.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

woe to (someone)

Origin of woe

  • Middle English wa, wo from Old English woe!

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

  • From Middle English wo, wei, wa, from Old English wā, wÄ“a, 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