Definitions for wailweɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to utter a prolonged, mournful cry, as in grief or suffering.

  2. to make mournful sounds, as music or the wind.

  3. to lament or mourn bitterly.

  4. Slang. to express emotion musically or verbally in an exciting, satisfying way.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. (v.t.)to express deep sorrow for; mourn.

  6. to express in wailing or in lamentation.

  7. (n.)the act of wailing.

  8. a wailing cry.

  9. any similar mournful sound.

Origin of wail:

1300–50; ME weile (v. and n.), perh. der. of OE weilā(wei)wellaway ; cf. OE wǣlan to torment, ON wǣla to 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wail(verb)ɪl

    to cry with a long loud sound

    a boy wailing over his lost toy


  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

Translations for wail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a long cry

wails of grief; I heard the wail of a police siren.

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