What does the word rueful mean?

    Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Deplorable; pitiful.

Usage examples for rueful

  1. Our client looked down with a rueful face at his own unconventional appearance. – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Standing in the hall while these words were ringing in her head, she stayed after they were done, a rueful figure of indecision. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  3. " To Brother Copas, of all people," confessed the Master with a rueful little chuckle. – Brother Copas by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch