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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wailing, bawlingadjective

    loud cries made while weeping

  2. lamenting, wailing, wailfuladjective

    vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression

    "lamenting sinners"; "wailing mourners"; "the wailing wind"; "wailful bagpipes"; "tangle her desires with wailful sonnets"- Shakespeare


  1. wailingnoun

    A loud drawn out scream and howl.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wailingnoun

    Lamentation; moan; audible sorrow.

    Etymology: from wail.

    The camp filled with lamentation and mourning, which would be increased by the weeping and wailing of them, which should never see their brethren. Richard Knolles.

    Other cries amongst the Irish, savour of the Scythian barbarism; as the lamentations of their burials, with despairful outcries, and immoderate wailings. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.

    Take up wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears. Jer. ix. 18.

    The wailings of a maiden I recite. John Gay.


  1. wailing

    Wailing refers to a prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger, typically associated with extreme emotion or suffering. It can also refer to a similar sound made by certain animals or objects, such as the wind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wailing

    of Wail

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WAILING in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WAILING in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of WAILING in a Sentence

  1. Bhartrihari:

    Hark! here the sound of lute so sweet, And there the voice of wailing loud; Here scholars grave in conclave meet, There howls the brawling drunken crowd; Here, charming maidens full of glee, There, tottering, withered dames we see. Such light! Such shade! I cannot tell, If here we live in heaven or hell.

  2. Suzi Brodof:

    They're just inconsolable, it's not just crying. It's a high-pitched wailing.

  3. Christine Gilbert:

    It was a very full day, we just filled it with laughter, and I think that was how we were able to get through the day without getting too emotional. There were emotional moments, but luckily not too much wailing and lamentation.


    I will say this without a doubt:- I have the testimonials of joe higgs and roy wilson- speaking about my works creating reggae and naming the original wailing wailers group name, among other things I was the architect of in trench town. those who seek to challenge me will always lose. put your money on the table which I will give to the poor people after your defeat.

  5. Jacob Rees-Mogg:

    All these people who are wailing and gnashing of teeth know that there are two ways of doing what they want to do, one, is to change the government and the other is to change the law. If they do either of those that will then have an effect.

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