- Used to lament one's situation or fate.
- Used to express the wish that misfortune befall someone.
Other Word Forms of Woe
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Woe
- woe is me
- woe to (someone)
Origin of Woe
From Middle English wo, wei, wa, from Old English wā, wēa, from Proto-Germanic *wai, whence also Dutch wee, German weh, Danish ve, Yiddish וויי. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wai. Compare Latin vae.
Middle English wa, wo from Old English wā woe!
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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