Their garb lent them either the gravitas the Republican bench has previously lacked, or the doleful aspect of ushers at a funeral.
Fox News called him a “doleful hound,” while the Washington Post preferred the less stylized, “slightly befuddled-looking.”
As I was saying, why should I pretend to be pensive and doleful, when I am as merry as a lark?
Yonder is his flock; and there sits he on a rock blowing his doleful reed.
The Captain stood gazing at her out of the window, with his hands in his pockets and a doleful look of bewilderment on his face.
Wild animals and doleful creatures had everywhere increased.
"The Jacobins will rise in consequence of this blunder," was the doleful prophecy.
That doleful wailing song of hers was the first chant of madness.
He returned to Haramont, singing the most doleful of rural ballads to the mournfullest tunes.
And again I sat on a hillock and surrendered to the most doleful meditations.
late 13c., with -ful, from Middle English dole "grief" (early 13c.), from Old French doel (Modern French deuil), from Late Latin dolus "grief," from Latin dolere "suffer, grieve." Related: Dolefully.