In a rueful manner; causing, feeling or expressing regret or sorrow.

He smiled ruefully at me.

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  • ruefully — early 13c., reufulike; see RUEFUL (Cf. rueful) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ruefully — adv. Ruefully is used with these verbs: ↑grin, ↑laugh, ↑note, ↑reflect, ↑remark, ↑shake, ↑smile, ↑think …   Collocations dictionary

  • ruefully — rueful ► ADJECTIVE ▪ expressing regret, especially in a wry or humorous way. DERIVATIVES ruefully adverb ruefulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • ruefully — adverb in a rueful manner (Freq. 2) I made a big mistake, he said ruefully • Syn: ↑contritely, ↑remorsefully • Derived from adjective: ↑remorseful (for: ↑remorseful …   Useful english dictionary

  • ruefully adv — 1) I can t eat any more of this bitter herb, said Tom ruefully. 2) What s the name of that street in Paris? asked Tom ruefully …   English expressions

  • Ruefully — Rueful Rue ful, a. 1. Causing one to rue or lament; woeful; mournful; sorrowful. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressing sorrow. Rueful faces. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Two rueful figures, with long black cloaks. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] {Rue ful*ly}, adv …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruefully — adverb see rueful …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ruefully — See rueful. * * * …   Universalium

  • ruefully — adv. mournfully, regretfully, sadly; pitiably, deplorably …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ruefully — rue·ful·ly …   English syllables

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