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Definition of "woeful" []

  • Affected by or full of woe; mournful. (adjective)
  • Causing or involving woe. (adjective)
  • Deplorably bad or wretched: woeful treatment of the accused; woeful errors in judgment. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "woeful" in a sentence
  • "Liverpool were again woeful as an injury-plagued Everton side secured their first derby win in four years through goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta."
  • "SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Drew Gooden left the Chicago Bulls and their losing record last month before spending a couple weeks in woeful Sacramento."
  • "The Pacers were woeful from the floor in the opening minutes - missing 14 of their first 18 shots - but Dunleavy did plenty to make sure Miami didn't open an early lead."