of very poor high quality or condition
- afflicted with or full of grief or woe
- Full of woe sorrowful distressed with grief or calamity afflicted wretched unhappy sad
- Alt. of Woful
very early 14c., "afflicted with sorrow," from woe + -ful. Weakened sense of "very bad" recorded by 1610s. Associated: Woefully; woefulness.
(a.) Alt. of Woful
But by her still halting course and winding, woeful way, you plainly saw that this ship that so wept with spray, still remained without comfort.