What does wail mean?

Definitions for wailweɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lament, lamentation, plaint, wail(verb)

    a cry of sorrow and grief

    "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"

  2. howl, ululate, wail, roar, yawl, yaup(verb)

    emit long loud cries

    "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"

  3. wail, whimper, mewl, pule(verb)

    cry weakly or softly

    "she wailed with pain"


  1. wail(Noun)

    A prolonged cry, usually high-pitched, especially as of grief or anguish.

    She let out a loud, doleful wail.

  2. wail(Noun)

    Any similar sound as of lamentation; a howl.

  3. wail(Verb)

    To cry out, as in sorrow or anguish.

  4. wail(Verb)

    To weep, lament persistently or bitterly.

  5. wail(Verb)

    To make a noise like mourning or crying.

    The wind wailed and the rain streamed down.

  6. wail(Verb)

    To perform, express emotion in an exceptionally exciting way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wail(verb)

    to choose; to select

  2. Wail(verb)

    to lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's death

  3. Wail(verb)

    to express sorrow audibly; to make mournful outcry; to weep

  4. Wail(noun)

    loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing

  5. Origin: [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr. Icel. vla; cf. Icel. v, vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei, woe. Cf. Woe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wail

    wāl, v.i. to lament or sorrow audibly.—v.t. to bemoan: to grieve over.—n. a cry of woe: loud weeping.—n. Wail′er.—adj. Wail′ful, sorrowful, mournful.—n. Wail′ing.—adv. Wail′ingly. [M. E. weilen—Ice. vaela, vála, to wail—, vei, woe.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wail in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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