Definition of tearful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪəfʊl/


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.
close to tears, on the verge of tears, with tears in one's eyes;
emotional, upset, distressed, sad, unhappy;
Scottish  greeting
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.



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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