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Definitions of wail

  1. To express sorrow audibly; to weep. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To mourn or lament aloud; to utter a loud cry. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To choose; to select. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's death. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To bemoan: to grieve over. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To express sorrow audibly; to make mournful outcry; to weep. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To lament or sorrow audibly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To cry out in sorrow for; to express sorrow by a mournful crying. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A lamentation or mournful cry. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. A cry of woe: loud weeping. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To weep aloud; lament; bemoan. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A prolonged moan; plaintive cry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Loud weeping; violent lamentation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Loud and mournful weeping; audible sorrow. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for wail

  1. All her tunes seemed sad like a wail while David was gone. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  2. The winds and the waves of ocean, They rested quietly, But I heard on the gale a sound of wail And tears came to mine eye. – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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