Definition of woebegone in English:

woebegone

adjective

  • Sad or miserable in appearance.

    ‘don't look so woebegone, Joanna’
    • ‘She maintains her wanness behind a cello, bowing away, all woebegone.’
    • ‘In such a woebegone place, drink is a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the time Sara had made her delivery - in a rainstorm - tattered Mylar hung forlornly from a warped and woebegone frame.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His beat is the woebegone parts of the planet most people avoid like the plague.’
    • ‘The ghost of his splits (band and marriage) hang over Bigger than Blue, but it never slips into woebegone narratives or diatribes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was such a familiar woebegone scene, and it served to highlight just how anomalous the sunshine was.’
    • ‘This is the party you could have if you only did something, instead of sitting here, feeling dejected, disconsolate and woebegone…’
    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’).

Pronunciation

woebegone

/ˈwəʊbɪɡɒn/