Definition of woebegone in English:



  • Sad or miserable in appearance.

    ‘don't look so woebegone, Joanna’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her woebegone eyes spoke of unbearable suffering.’
    • ‘Adding to Penguin's woebegone mental state, the guards and inmates have been continuously teasing him about his tattoo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was greeted by the saddest, most woebegone look he could muster.’
    • ‘My favourite character was Pedro, Napoleon's Hispanic friend, whose quiet manner and woebegone expression were constant throughout the film.’
    • ‘Through the radio's single, partially blown speaker came a recording of a local woman in her late 40s, her voice utterly woebegone.’
    • ‘This is the party you could have if you only did something, instead of sitting here, feeling dejected, disconsolate and woebegone…’
    • ‘She maintains her wanness behind a cello, bowing away, all woebegone.’
    • ‘His beat is the woebegone parts of the planet most people avoid like the plague.’
    • ‘In such a woebegone place, drink is a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the time Sara had made her delivery - in a rainstorm - tattered Mylar hung forlornly from a warped and woebegone frame.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘But even in this woebegone state, the structure was stunning.’
    • ‘It was such a familiar woebegone scene, and it served to highlight just how anomalous the sunshine was.’
    • ‘The ghost of his splits (band and marriage) hang over Bigger than Blue, but it never slips into woebegone narratives or diatribes.’
    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
    down in the mouth, down in the dumps, blue
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Middle English (in the sense ‘afflicted with grief’): from woe + begone ‘surrounded’ (past participle of obsolete bego ‘go around, beset’).