[<< wiktionary] ruefully
== English ==


=== Etymology ===
rueful +‎ -ly


=== Adverb ===
ruefully (comparative more ruefully, superlative most ruefully)

In a rueful manner; causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow.
He smiled ruefully at me.
He pushed his straw hat back, scratched his head, and laughed ruefully.


==== Synonyms ====
sadly, sorrowfully, mournfully, regretfully