Definition of tearful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɪəfl//
    ; NAmE 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.
  3. Extra examples He suddenly became very tearful. I felt quite emotional—almost tearful. She sounded angry and tearful.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tearful