View definitions for doleful
adjective as in depressing
They were a little wet and doleful looking, but llamas were bred to withstand the brutal weather of the Andes.
Fox News called him a “doleful hound,” while the Washington Post preferred the less stylized, “slightly befuddled-looking.”
There is an even more doleful cultural signifier in all this: the mess that invariably follows the big announcement.
Hollande basically tried to remain above the fray and reinforced his already doleful image as an ineffectual executive.
Their garb lent them either the gravitas the Republican bench has previously lacked, or the doleful aspect of ushers at a funeral.
But the business of most of them that fared this way whose faring has been preserved was of a very doleful character.
When his disciple had finished the solemn and doleful phrase, he smiled while looking round.
Some of the animals suffered so with thirst that they could not graze, and uttered doleful whinneys of distress.
Perhaps it was this doleful, ominous sound more than anything else that somehow took the enthusiasm out of them.
And no wonder, for of all the doleful too-tooings ever uttered by wind instrument, this was the dolefullest.
On this page you'll find 78 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to doleful, such as: afflicted, cast down, cheerless, crestfallen, dejected, and depressed.
From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.