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Definition of tearful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    tearful

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈtɪrfl//
     
     
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  1. 1(of a person) crying, or about to cry She suddenly became very tearful. He answered in a tearful voice.
  2. 2(of an event, etc.) at which people feel emotional and cry a tearful farewell She made a tearful phone call to her family.
NAmE//ˈtɪrfəli//
 
adverb “Why are you doing this?” she asked tearfully.
tearfulness
 
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noun [uncountable]
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