Definition of woebegone in English:

woebegone

adjective

  • Sad or miserable in appearance.

    ‘don't look so woebegone, Joanna’
    • ‘Through the radio's single, partially blown speaker came a recording of a local woman in her late 40s, her voice utterly woebegone.’
    • ‘I was greeted by the saddest, most woebegone look he could muster.’
    • ‘His beat is the woebegone parts of the planet most people avoid like the plague.’
    • ‘Her woebegone eyes spoke of unbearable suffering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ghost of his splits (band and marriage) hang over Bigger than Blue, but it never slips into woebegone narratives or diatribes.’
    • ‘It was such a familiar woebegone scene, and it served to highlight just how anomalous the sunshine was.’
    • ‘As I was reading up the case, a woebegone figure exited from a door behind me, looking like an actor at an audition who'd just been given the don't call-us-we'll-call-you treatment.’
    • ‘Outside the main gate were a few students with woebegone faces, for they had been unable to produce their identity cards and had therefore been denied entry.’
    • ‘Adding to Penguin's woebegone mental state, the guards and inmates have been continuously teasing him about his tattoo.’
    • ‘She maintains her wanness behind a cello, bowing away, all woebegone.’
    • ‘The no-more-bowing decision was credited to His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, an amiable, faintly woebegone chap who is a cousin of the queen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, there is not so much as a sentence, or even a clause, about the woebegone state of the episcopate, and its role in hampering the Church's mission.’
    • ‘The article ends with a woebegone quote from the doctor: ‘It is strange how a system can become so bad that no one, not a single person, can change it.’’
    • ‘My favourite character was Pedro, Napoleon's Hispanic friend, whose quiet manner and woebegone expression were constant throughout the film.’
    • ‘But even in this woebegone state, the structure was stunning.’
    • ‘In such a woebegone place, drink is a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘By the time Sara had made her delivery - in a rainstorm - tattered Mylar hung forlornly from a warped and woebegone frame.’
    sad, unhappy, miserable, dejected, disconsolate, forlorn, crestfallen, sorry for oneself, hangdog, abject, downcast, glum, gloomy, doleful, downhearted, despondent, melancholy, sorrowful, mournful, woeful, lugubrious, long-faced, depressed, despairing, desolate, wretched
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Origin

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

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