wail´er


wail´er
wail «wayl», verb, noun.
–v.i.
1. to cry long and loud because of grief or pain: »

The baby wailed.

2. to make a mournful or shrill sound: »

The wind wailed around the old house. The sirens were wailing for a total blackout (Graham Greene).

3. to lament; mourn.
4. to cry out piteously (for): »

a child wailing for its mother.

–v.t.
1. to grieve for or because of; bewail.
2. to utter (as a wailing cry or bad news).
–n.
1. a) a long cry of grief or pain: »

Newborn babies begin their life with a wail.

b) a sound like such a cry: »

the wail of a hungry coyote, the wail of a siren.

2. any prolonged, bitter complaining; whine.
3. the act of wailing: »

Wail shook Earl Walter's house; His true wife shed no tear (Elizabeth Barrett Browning).

[< Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic v < vwoe). See related etym. at woe. (Cf.woe)]
wail´er, noun.

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