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



    BrE BrE//ˈwəʊfl//
    ; NAmE 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 broken romances See related entries: Unhappiness
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: woeful