adjective Etymology: Middle English wo begon, from wo, noun + begon, past participle of begon to go about, beset, from Old English begān, from be- + gān to go — more at go Date: 14th century 1. strongly affected with woe ; woeful 2. a. exhibiting great woe, sorrow, or misery <
a woebegone expression
b. being in a sorry state <
woebegone tattered clothes
woebegoneness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • woebegone — c.1300, in me is wo bigone woe has beset me, from begon to beset, surround …   Etymology dictionary

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  • woebegone — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ sad or miserable in appearance. ORIGIN from WOE(Cf. ↑woe) + obsolete begone «surrounded» …   English terms dictionary

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  • woebegone — [[t]wo͟ʊbɪgɒn[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is woebegone is very sad. [WRITTEN] She sniffed and looked woebegone. Syn: miserable Ant: joyful …   English dictionary

  • woebegone — woebegoneness, n. /woh bi gawn , gon /, adj. 1. beset with woe; affected by woe, esp. in appearance. 2. showing or indicating woe: He always had a woebegone look on his face. [1300 50; ME wo begon orig., woe (has or had) surrounded (someone); wo… …   Universalium

  • woebegone — I woebegone, woeful (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. sorrowful, unhappy. See dejection. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. despondent, depressed, dejected; see sad 1 , sorrowful . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. sad, depressed, melancholy …   English dictionary for students

  • woebegone — woe|be|gone [ˈwəubıgɔn US ˈwoubıgo:n, ga:n] adj literary [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: woe + begone affected (from bego to surround, affect (11 16 centuries), from Old English began, from gan to go )] looking very sad ▪ her woebegone expression …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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