Definition of pitiful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    pitiful

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈpɪt̮ɪfl//
     
     
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  1. 1 deserving pity or causing you to feel pity synonym pathetic The horse was a pitiful sight (= because it was very thin or sick).
  2. 2not deserving respect synonym poor a pitiful effort/excuse/performance
  3. Word Familypity noun verbpitiful adjectivepitiless adjectivepitiable adjectivepiteous adjective
NAmE//ˈpɪt̮ɪfli//
 
adverb The dog was whining pitifully. She was pitifully thin. The fee is pitifully low.
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