woebegone

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From Old English wābegān (beset by woe), from (woe) + begān (to beset, to surround). Equivalent to woe +‎ begone (past participle of bego).

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woebegone (comparative more woebegone, superlative most woebegone)

  1. In a deplorable state.
  2. Filled with or deeply affected by woe.
    • 1957, Jack Kerouac, On The Road‎:
      When he was finished, as such, he was wringing wet, and now he had to edge and shimmy his way back, and with a most woebegone look, and everybody laughing, except the sad blond boy, and the Minnesotans roaring in the cab.

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