woebegone

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj woebegone affected by or full of grief or woe "his sorrow...made him look...haggard and...woebegone"- George du Maurier"
    • adj woebegone worn and broken down by hard use "a creaky shack","a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape","a flea-bitten sofa","a run-down neighborhood","a woebegone old shack"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Woebegone beset with woe (see Begone)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. (interj.) ; Ger. weh; L. , Gr. ouai. Cf. Wail.

Usage

In literature:

Come, Janet, don't look so woebegone.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She stood helpless, woebegone.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Dick, however, braved it out, but grew more and more yellow and woebegone.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
She hid her fears, however, from Dona, whose countenance was quite sufficiently woebegone already.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
When they saw his woebegone countenance they questioned him closely.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
When he went home the frog at once asked him why he was so sad and woebegone.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
He was idle, stupefied, and woebegone.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
It was rather a woebegone lawn skirt.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Mrs. Devar, now really woebegone, screamed shrilly at sight of her.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
Did you ever see so woebegone a countenance as his?
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
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In poetry:

Oh! little did the Duchess of York think that day
That so many lives would be taken away
At the launching of the good ship Albion,
But when she heard of the catastrophe she felt woebegone.
"The Albion Battleship Calamity" by William Topaz McGonagall
The soldiers, though young, were cool and steady,
And to face the enemy they were ever ready,
And still as the bare-kneed line unwavering came on
It caused the Russians to shake and look woebegone.
"The Battle of Alma" by William Topaz McGonagall
And when Blossom appeared before President Lincoln,
Poor child, she was looking very woebegone.
Then the President said, "My child, what do you want with me?"
"Please, Bennie's life, sir," she answered timidly.
"A Soldier's Reprieve" by William Topaz McGonagall
"We're dead beat," said both, "but we've got to go on,"
And on they rode both, looking very woebegone;
Then Henry Hook put all thought of cooking out of his mind,
For he was surrounded with danger on every side he did find.
"The Hero of Rorke's Drift" by William Topaz McGonagall
But O Heaven! It was a heartrending sight,
When Sir John Moore was shot dead in the thickest of the fight;
And as the soldiers bore him from the field they looked woebegone,
And the hero's last words were "Let me see how the battle goes on."
"The Battle of Corunna" by William Topaz McGonagall
Captain Urquhart's last words were "never mind me my lads, fight on,"
While, no doubt, the Cameron Highlanders felt woebegone
For the loss of their brave captain, who was foremost in the field,
Death or glory was his motto, rather than yield.
"The Battle of Atbara" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Eagles, Cowboys meet in match of woebegone teams.
" Woebegone ," by Shelby Lynne.
Music for Woebegone Mali (It Sounds Like the Blues).
The state of Woebegone .
Surely, those woebegone Enron execs trooping up to Capitol Hill practically in chains are underdogs .
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