What does woe mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suffering, woenoun

    misery resulting from affliction

  2. woe, woefulnessnoun

    intense mournfulness

Wiktionary

  1. woenoun

    grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.

    Etymology: From wo, wei, wa, from wa, from wai, whence also German weh, Old High German wē, Old Norse vei. Compare Latin vae.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Woenoun

    grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity

    Etymology: [OE. wo, wa, woo, AS. w, interj.; akin to D. wee, OS. & OHG. w, G. weh, Icel. vei, Dan. vee, Sw. ve, Goth. wai; cf. L. vae, Gr. . 128. Cf. Wail.]

  2. Woenoun

    a curse; a malediction

    Etymology: [OE. wo, wa, woo, AS. w, interj.; akin to D. wee, OS. & OHG. w, G. weh, Icel. vei, Dan. vee, Sw. ve, Goth. wai; cf. L. vae, Gr. . 128. Cf. Wail.]

  3. Woeadjective

    woeful; sorrowful

    Etymology: [OE. wo, wa, woo, AS. w, interj.; akin to D. wee, OS. & OHG. w, G. weh, Icel. vei, Dan. vee, Sw. ve, Goth. wai; cf. L. vae, Gr. . 128. Cf. Wail.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Woe

    Wo, wō, n. grief: misery: a heavy calamity: a curse: an exclamation of grief.—adj. sad, wretched.—adjs. Woe′begone, Wō′begone, beset with woe (see Begone); Woe′ful, Wō′ful, Woe′some (Scot. Wae′some), sorrowful: bringing calamity: wretched.—advs. Woe′fully, Wō′fully.—ns. Woe′fulness, Wō′fulness.—adjs. Woe′-wea′ried, -worn, wearied, worn, with woe.—Woe worth the day (see Worth).—In weal and woe, in prosperity and adversity. [A.S. (interj.) ; Ger. weh; L. , Gr. ouai. Cf. Wail.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of woe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of woe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of woe in a Sentence

  1. Danish proverb:

    Woe to the house where the hen crows and the rooster is still.

  2. David Raistrick:

    Current levels are hugely positive, and flat sales this coming year, or even a slight reduction, should still be seen as a positive position, and not a tale of woe.

  3. Raymond Chandler:

    Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    O, woe is me, To have seen what I have seen, see what I see

  5. Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

    Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough.

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