See also Dutch wee, German Weh, weh, Danish ve, Yiddish וויי (vey); also Latin vae, Albanian vaj, French ouais, Ancient Greek οὐαί (ouaí), Persian وای (vây) (Turkish vay, a Persian borrowing), and Armenian վայ (vay).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /wəʊ/
- (General American) enPR: wō, IPA(key): /woʊ/
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- Rhymes: -əʊ
- Homophone: whoa (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
- Great sadness or distress; a misfortune causing such sadness.
- 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.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Revelation 8:13:
- And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
- A curse; a malediction.
- 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, 6th edition, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: […] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, […], published 1727, →OCLC:
- Can there be a woe or curse in all the stores of vengeance equal to the malignity of such a practice?
Derived terms edit
grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity
exclamation of grief
Alternative forms edit
- Woe is Sjeng? ― Where is Sjeng?
Middle Dutch edit
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