Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



mournful +‎ -ly


mournfully (comparative more mournfully, superlative most mournfully)

  1. In a mournful manner; as if in mourning for something.
    • 1836, Hans Christian Andersen (translated into English by Mrs. H. B. Paull in 1872), The Little Mermaid
      "Why have not we an immortal soul?" asked the little mermaid mournfully; "I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars."
    • 1927, Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, page 140
      The steamer itself had vanished, but the great scroll of smoke still hung in the air and drooped like a flag mournfully in valediction.
    • 1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 104:
      So she dared not tell anyone how she felt, but went about mournfully, with a heavy heart.