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mourn·ful / ˈmôrnfəl/ • adj. feeling or expressing sadness, regret, or grief: the third boy stared fixedly at me with mournful, basset-hound eyes. ∎  suggestive of or inducing sadness, regret, or unhappiness: his voice on one track, mournful piano on another. DERIVATIVES: mourn·ful·ly adv. mourn·ful·ness n.