plaintive

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From Old French plaintif (aggrieved, lamenting), from plainte (lament, complaint); see plaint.

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plaintive (comparative more plaintive, superlative most plaintive)

  1. Sounding sorrowful, mournful or melancholic.
    A typically plaintive song from Radiohead.

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plaintive f

  1. feminine form of plaintif