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noun Woe
  1. Grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity."Thus saying, from her side the fatal key, Sad instrument of all our woe, she took." [Milton.]"They] weep each other's woe." [Pope.]
  2. A curse; a malediction."Can there be a woe or curse in all the stores of vengeance equal to the malignity of such a practice?" [South.]"O! woe were us alive [i.e., in life]." [Chaucer.]" Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker!" [Isa. xlv. 9.]" Woe worth the chase, woe worth the day, That costs thy life, my gallant gray!" [Sir W. Scott.]

Note: Woe is used in denunciation, and in exclamations of sorrow. “ Woe is me! for I am undone.”

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

adjective Woe
Woeful; sorrowful.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Intense mournfulness
  2. Misery resulting from affliction

From Middle English wo, wei, wa, from Old English , wēa, from Proto-Germanic *wai, whence also Dutch wee, German weh, Danish ve, Yiddish וויי (vey). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wai. Compare Latin vae, French ouais, Ancient Greek οὐαί (ouaí), Persian وای (vây) (Turkish vay, a Persian borrowing), and Armenian վայ (vay).

  1. grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.
  2. A curse; a malediction.

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Fun Facts about the name Woe

  • When was the first name Woe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Woe is Saturday, November 21st, 1903.
  • How unique is the name Woe? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Woe. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Woe: Your name in reverse order is Eow. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Woe. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Woe born Feb 27, 1982

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Australia approximately on 1675. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.