- 1Characterized by, expressive of, or causing sorrow or misery: her face was woefulMore example sentences
- He sounded so woeful, his expression so longing, that I had felt sympathy for him.
- He felt a tug on his heart as he watched her face, her woeful expression silhouetted by the moonlight.
- He used to draw woeful crowds, especially to the Square above.
- 1.1Very bad; deplorable: the remark was enough to establish his woeful ignorance about the theaterMore example sentences
- Last weekend's wet, wild and woeful trip to gloomy south Wales did turn out to have a silver lining for at least one Borders player.
- The committee concluded that the paper trail on this whole sorry transaction was woeful.
- Hopefully, the pathetic and woeful situation that has been allowed to arise will bring people to their senses, at least on the playing side.
- [as submodifier]: the police response was woefully inadequateMore example sentences
- The colonels have woefully inadequate resources and lack the will to roust their adversaries.
- As it currently stands the allowance is woefully inadequate and would not heat a house for two days let alone a week.
- I thought it was terrible, woefully removed from the common man or woman in terms of the price of some of the clothes.
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- The editor is noted for addressing hacks at their end-of-term bash in a speech widely noted for its spectacular woefulness.
- And, really, the only bright spot of yesterday for United, who are fast slipping into pre-McCall woefulness, was that they broke their duck against Hearts.
- Small wonder modern heavy rock gets such a ribbing when it goes and gets itself involved in woefulness like this.