Definition of woebegone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwōbēˌɡôn/ Pronunciation: /ˈwōbəˌɡôn/


Sad or miserable in appearance: don’t look so woebegone, Joanna
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  • This is the party you could have if you only did something, instead of sitting here, feeling dejected, disconsolate and woebegone…
  • Originally published in 1971, the publication has at its heart what purports to be the yearbook of the fictional C. Estes Kefauver Memorial High School in tragically woebegone Dacron, Ohio.
  • She remains an orphan girl, and, as such, she partakes of the tradition of the orphan girl in the movies: outcast, woebegone, beset on all sides, but plucky and triumphant in the end.


Middle English (in the sense 'afflicted with grief'): from woe + begone 'surrounded' (past participle of obsolete bego 'go around, beset').

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Syllabification: woe·be·gone

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