keening

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Irish Caoineadh meaning lament.

Adjective[edit]

keening (not comparable)

  1. Sharp, shrill, especially of a sound.
    The keening sound of a dentist's drill sets my teeth on edge"

Noun[edit]

keening (uncountable)

  1. Intense mournful wailing after a death, often at a funeral or wake
  2. (by extension) An unpleasant sound.

Verb[edit]

keening

  1. Present participle of keen.

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