Definition of woeful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    woeful

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈwoʊfl//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually before noun] very bad or serious; that you disapprove of synonym deplorable She displayed a woeful ignorance of the rules.
  2. 2 (literary or formal) very sad a woeful face woeful tales of failed romances
NAmE//ˈwoʊfəli//
 
adverb His performance was woefully inadequate. “I'll never see him again,” she sighed woefully.
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