plaintive

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pleintif, plentyff, from French plaintif (aggrieved, lamenting), from plainte (lament, complaint); see plaint. Doublet of plaintiff.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpleɪntɪv/
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plaintive (comparative more plaintive, superlative most plaintive)

  1. Sounding sorrowful, mournful or melancholic.
    a typically plaintive song from Radiohead
    I can see by your plaintive smile something is wrong, so spill it.

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plaintive

  1. feminine singular of plaintif