What does plaintive mean?

Definitions for plaintive
ˈpleɪn tɪvplain·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mournful, plaintiveadjective

    expressing sorrow


  1. plaintiveadjective

    Sorrowful, mournful or melancholic.

  2. Etymology: From plaintif, from plainte; see plaint.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plaintiveadjective

    Complaining; lamenting; expressive of sorrow.

    Etymology: plaintif, Fr.

    His careful mother heard the plaintive sound,
    Encompass’d with her sea-green sisters round. Dryden.

    The goddess heard,
    Rose like a morning mist, and thus begun
    To sooth the sorrows of her plaintive son. Dryden.

    Can nature’s voice
    Plaintive be drown’d, or lessen’d in the noise,
    Though shouts as thunder loud afflict the air. Matthew Prior.

    Leviathans in plaintive thunders cry. Edward Young.


  1. plaintive

    Plaintive refers to a sound, voice, piece of music, or any other form of expression that reflects a sense of deep sadness, melancholy, or sorrow. It is often associated with mournful or grieving tones.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plaintivenoun

    repining; complaining; lamenting

  2. Plaintivenoun

    expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad

  3. Etymology: [F. plaintif. See Plaintiff, n.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plaintive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plaintive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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