wail
Pronunciation Verb

wail (wails, present participle wailing; past and past participle wailed)

  1. (intransitive) To cry out, as in sorrow or anguish.
  2. (intransitive) To weep, lament persistently or bitterly.
  3. (intransitive) To make a noise like mourning or crying.
    The wind wailed and the rain streamed down.
  4. (transitive) To lament; to bewail; to grieve over.
    to wail one's death
  5. (slang, music) To perform with great liveliness and force.
Translations Translations Translations Noun

wail (plural wails)

  1. A prolonged cry, usually high-pitched, especially as of grief or anguish. [from 15th c.]
    She let out a loud, doleful wail.
  2. Any similar sound as of lamentation; a howl.
    The wail of snow-dark winter winds.
    A bird's wail in the night.
  3. A sound made by emergency vehicle sirens, contrasted with "yelp" which is higher-pitched and faster.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: suono di sirena
Verb

wail (wails, present participle wailing; past and past participle wailed)

  1. (obsolete) Synonym of wale#English|wale (“to choose; to select”)
    • Wailed wine and meats



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