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v. wailed, wail·ing, wails
1. To make a long, loud, high-pitched cry, as in grief, sorrow, or fear. See Synonyms at cry.
2. To make a prolonged, high-pitched sound suggestive of a cry: The wind wailed through the trees.
v.tr. Archaic
To lament over; bewail.
1. A long, loud, high-pitched cry, as of grief or pain.
2. A long, loud, high-pitched sound: the wail of a siren.
3. A loud, bitter protest: A wail of misery went up when new parking restrictions were announced.

[Middle English wailen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse vāla, vǣla.]

wail′er n.
wail′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wailer - a mourner who utters long loud high-pitched crieswailer - a mourner who utters long loud high-pitched cries
griever, lamenter, mourner, sorrower - a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"
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He threatened the wailer with his fist, and the black cowered down, glaring at him with sullen eyes.
It was the figure of the wailer whom he had come to still, the figure of a young woman with a wooden skewer through the split septum of her nose, with a heavy metal ornament depending from her lower lip, which it had dragged down to hideous and repulsive deformity, with strange tattooing upon forehead, cheeks, and breasts, and a wonderful coiffure built up with mud and wire.
Here, however, Zarathustra could no longer restrain himself; he took his staff and struck the wailer with all his might.
He returns to Birmingham this month to perform at the O2 Academy on July 18, alongside fellow reggae legend Bunny Wailer who, with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, brought reggae to the rest of the world in the early 70s.
Formed almost 50 years ago by Bob Marley with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and the Barrett Brothers Carlton and Aston, the Jamaican group is responsible for some of the best loved reggae music to ever come out of the country.
Oriel Park is set for a star-packed one day fest on Saturday, July 6, with standout performers including rock hunk Bressie, reggae legend Natty Wailer, the Original Rude Boys, and techno favourites Le Galaxie.
Bunny Wailer, a founder of the Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh and the trio's only living member, acknowledges the recent lawsuit in which a member of Marley's band unsuccessfully sought royalty payments from the late reggae legend's estate.
Manufactured at Cooper's world-class facility in Wailer, TX, the C-Force is the only compressor of its kind to offer optional bell housing with standard SAE flange and bolt pattern to ensure precise alignment when elements are changed.
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The book has a series of interviews from reggae's all-stars like Buju Banton, Bunny Wailer and Third World, who further expound on world music's reach.
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