An example of woe is what you say to express sadness.
An example of woe is what you feel when someone you love dies.
Woe was this knight and sorrowfully he sighed.
And looking up he waxed wondrous woe.
- Used to lament one's situation or fate.
- Used to express the wish that misfortune befall someone.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of woe
- Middle English wa, wo from Old English wā woe!
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition