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

  1. feminine singular of plaintif