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mournful

[mawrn-fuh l, mohrn-] /ˈmɔrn fəl, ˈmoʊrn-/
adjective
1.
feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful; sad.
2.
of or relating to mourning for the dead.
3.
causing grief or lament:
a mournful occasion.
4.
gloomy, somber, or dreary, as in appearance or character:
mournful shadows.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English morneful. See mourn, -ful
Related forms
mournfully, adverb
mournfulness, noun
overmournful, adjective
overmournfully, adverb
overmournfulness, noun
unmournful, adjective
unmournfully, adverb
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Examples from the web for mournfully
  • Then a clumsy-footed crow awakes in them, stirring the branches and croaking mournfully.
  • Clift's ghost rehearses lines, paces the hallway, and mournfully plays his trumpet.
  • Their ghosts are said to wander the area mournfully.
  • The cinema continues to toy mournfully with the problem of the national football heroes and their fate when they leave college.
  • And you spend the winter staring mournfully through the windows at your blossomless, scentless garden.
  • When he stroked her neck and talked to her she stopped grinding and gazed at him mournfully.
  • The roll call of the past couple of decades is mournfully striking.
British Dictionary definitions for mournfully

mournful

/ˈmɔːnfʊl/
adjective
1.
evoking grief; sorrowful
2.
gloomy; sad
Derived Forms
mournfully, adverb
mournfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mournfully

mournful

adj.

early 15c., from mourn + -ful. Related: Mournfully; mournfulness.

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