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See also: Wäil
- enPR: wāl, IPA(key): /weɪl/
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- Rhymes: -eɪl
- Homophone: wale
- Homophone: whale (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
wail (plural wails)
- A prolonged cry, usually high-pitched, especially as of grief or anguish.
- She let out a loud, doleful wail.
- Any similar sound as of lamentation; a howl.
- The wail of snow-dark winter winds.
- A bird's wail in the night.
- A sound made by emergency vehicle sirens, contrasted with "yelp" which is higher-pitched and faster.
loud cry or shriek
- (intransitive) To cry out, as in sorrow or anguish.
- (intransitive) To weep, lament persistently or bitterly.
- (intransitive) To make a noise like mourning or crying.
- The wind wailed and the rain streamed down.
- (transitive) To lament; to bewail; to grieve over.
- to wail one's death
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (slang, music) To perform with great liveliness and force.
- 1999, Lewis A. Erenberg, Swingin' the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture, page 111:
- At Boston's Roseland, as "the Count's band was wailing," he grabbed Mamie, an avid dancer. The "band was screaming when she kicked off her shoes and got barefooted
- 2012, Robert Lewis Barrett, A Portrait of the First Born As a Child, page 377:
- The band was really wailing as we quickly made our dance moves in a most provocative manner.
to cry out
to weep, lament
to make a sound like crying
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- (obsolete) Synonym of
- Wailed wine and meats
- wail in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- wail in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- wail at OneLook Dictionary Search
- James T. Collins, The Historical Relationships of the Languages of Central Maluku, Indonesia (1983), page 70