Definitions and meaning of woe
From Middle English wo, wei, wa, from Old English wā, wǣ, from Proto-Germanic *wai (interjection), whence also Dutch wee, German Weh, weh, Danish ve, Yiddish וויי (vey). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wai (interjection). Compare Latin vae, Albanian vaj, French ouais, Ancient Greek οὐαί (ouaí), Persian وای (vây) (Turkish vay, a Persian borrowing), and Armenian վայ (vay).
- (UK) IPA(key): /wəʊ/
- (US) enPR: wō, IPA(key): /woʊ/
- Rhymes: -əʊ
- Homophone: whoa (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
woe (countable and uncountable, plural woes)
- Great sadness or distress; a misfortune causing such sadness.
- Synonyms: grief, sorrow, misery
- 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost
- Thus saying, from her side the fatal key, / Sad instrument of all our woe, she took.
- 1717, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard
- Soon as thy letters trembling I unclose / That well-known name awakens all my woes.
- October 14 2017, Sandeep Moudgal, The Times of India, Rains devastate families, political parties make beeline to apply balm on open wounds
- The Friday night rains which wrecked families in Kurabarahalli saw all the three major political parties making a beeline to express their condolences, listen to their woes and provide compensation in the hope of garnering their goodwill ahead of the 2018 assembly elections.
- Calamity, trouble.
- A curse; a malediction.
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- Can there be a woe or curse in all the stores of vengeance equal to the malignity of such a practice?
- for weal or woe
- woe betide
- woe is me
- woe to
woe (comparative more woe, superlative most woe)
- (obsolete) Woeful; sorrowful
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- His clerk was woe to do that deed.
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- Woe was this knight and sorrowfully he sighed.
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- And looking up he waxed wondrous woe.
- (archaic) An exclamation of grief.
From Old Dutch *wuo, from Proto-Germanic *hwō.
- (eastern) Alternative form of hoe
- Alternative form of we
- “we (pron.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 10 May 2018.
- WOCK, a pan used in Chinese cookery.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)