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