Definition of woe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//woʊ//
    (old-fashioned or humorous)
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  1. 1woes [plural] the troubles and problems that somebody has financial woes Thanks for listening to my woes.
  2. 2[uncountable] great unhappiness synonym misery a tale of woe
  3. Word Originnatural exclamation of lament: recorded as in Old English and found in several Germanic languages.Idioms
    woe betide somebody, woe to somebody
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    (formal or humorous) a phrase that is used to warn somebody that there will be trouble for them if they do something or do not do something Woe betide anyone who gets in her way!
    (old use or humorous) a phrase that is used to say that you are very unhappy
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: woe