Definition of tearful in English:

tearful

Line breaks: tear|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪəfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

adjective

1Crying or inclined to cry: a tearful infant Stephen felt tearful
More example sentences
  • No one can fail to be moved by the sight of a tearful mother wailing for her dead child.
  • It was an unhappy and sometimes tearful female who in the evening could not imagine how to face her job next morning.
  • Even though everybody is under 13, the room is quiet except for some tearful whimpers of fear and anticipated pain.
Synonyms
in tears, crying, weeping, sobbing, wailing, snivelling, whimpering; close to tears, on the verge of tears, with tears in one's eyes; emotional, upset, distressed, sad, unhappy; Scottishgreeting
rare lachrymose, larmoyant
1.1Causing tears; sad or emotional: a tearful farewell
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  • The film runs the gamut of emotions from tearful sickbed scenes to ruthless black comedy.
  • More than 2,000 people bade a tearful farewell to the man credited with having a huge impact in his fight for progress for the black community.
  • Girls from the Leaving Certificate classes brought along roses in a tearful farewell to their friend.
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tearfully

adverb
More example sentences
  • Emerging tearfully from the ITV television studios on London's South Bank, the hosts admitted to mixed feelings on leaving the show for the final time.
  • As she left the Court of Appeal in London with husband Terry, she declared tearfully she was ‘going home to be mummy to our precious daughter’.
  • In early 1999, he tearfully announced at a press conference that he had a rare liver disease and needed a transplant to live.

tearfulness

noun
More example sentences
  • Symptoms may include feelings of sadness, tearfulness, and a sense of hopelessness.
  • Patients with delirium may display a wide range of emotions, including anxiety, sadness or tearfulness, and euphoria.
  • These almost forgotten painters were the radical artists of their time - social realists, albeit with a heavy dose of melodramatic tearfulness.

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