What does sorrow mean?

Definitions for sorrowˈsɒr oʊ, ˈsɔr oʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sorrow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorrow(noun)

    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement

    "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"

  2. sorrow, regret, rue, ruefulness(noun)

    sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

    "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"

  3. grief, sorrow(noun)

    something that causes great unhappiness

    "her death was a great grief to John"

  4. sadness, sorrow, sorrowfulness(verb)

    the state of being sad

    "she tired of his perpetual sadness"

  5. grieve, sorrow(verb)

    feel grief


  1. sorrow(Noun)

    unhappiness, woe

  2. sorrow(Noun)

    An instance or cause of unhappiness.

    Parting is such sweet sorrow.

  3. sorrow(Verb)

    To feel or express grief.

  4. sorrow(Verb)

    To feel grief over; to mourn, regret.

  5. Origin: From sorow, from sorg, from surgō (cf. Dutch zorg, German Sorge, Danish sorg), from su̯ergh- 'to watch over, worry' (cf. Old Irish serg 'sickness', Tocharian B sark 'id.', Lithuanian sir̃gti ‘to be sick’, Albanian dergjem, Sanskrit ‘he worries’ ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sorrow(noun)

    the uneasiness or pain of mind which is produced by the loss of any good, real or supposed, or by diseappointment in the expectation of good; grief at having suffered or occasioned evil; regret; unhappiness; sadness

  2. Sorrow(noun)

    to feel pain of mind in consequence of evil experienced, feared, or done; to grieve; to be sad; to be sorry

  3. Origin: [OE. sorowen, sorwen, sorhen, AS. sorgian; akin to Goth. sargan. See Sorrow, n.]


  1. Sorrow

    "Sorrow" is the closing track from Pink Floyd's 1987 album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sorrow

    sor′ō, n. pain of mind: grief: affliction: lamentation: the devil (Irish Sorra).—v.i. to feel sorrow or pain of mind: to grieve.—p.adj. Sorr′owed. (Shak.), accompanied with sorrow.—adj. Sorr′owful, full of sorrow: causing, showing, or expressing sorrow: sad: dejected.—adv. Sorr′owfully.—n. Sorr′owfulness.—adj. Sorr′owless, free from sorrow. [A.S. sorg, sorh; Ger. sorge, Ice. sorg.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. sorrow

    The magical palette upon which Life mixes her colors.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sorrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sorrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Adams:

    Genius is sorrow's child.

  2. Sophocles:

    To revive sorrow is cruel.

  3. Robert Byrne:

    Partying is such sweet sorrow.

  4. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Sing away sorrow, cast away care.

  5. Praveen Vertex:

    Philosophy is the child of sorrow

Images & Illustrations of sorrow

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