Woebegone meaning

wōbĭ-gôn, -gŏn
Feeling, showing, or expressing deep sorrow, grief, or wretchedness.
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Of an inferior or deplorable condition.

A rundown, woebegone old shack.

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Woeful.
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Of woeful appearance; looking sorrowful, mournful, or wretched.
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In a deplorable state.
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Filled with or deeply affected by woe.
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The definition of woebegone is an appearance that is sad, tearful or wretched.

An example of someone woebegone is an owner who has lost his dog.

An example of someone woebegone is a patient who just heard that he has one month to live.

An example of something woebegone is a very old car that has huge rust spots and barely runs.

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Origin of woebegone

  • Middle English wo begon beset with woe wo woe woe begon past participle of begon to beset (from Old English begān) (be- be-) (gān to go go1)

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

  • Old English, “woe has beset me", from wo (“woe") + begon (“to beset, to surround")

    From Wiktionary