wailing


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wail

 (wāl)
v. wailed, wail·ing, wails
v.intr.
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.
n.
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.

wailing

(ˈweɪlɪŋ)
n
1. prolonged high-pitched cries, as of grief or misery
2. prolonged high-pitched sounds
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wailing - loud cries made while weepingwailing - loud cries made while weeping  
crying, tears, weeping - the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds); "I hate to hear the crying of a child"; "she was in tears"
Adj.1.wailing - vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expressionwailing - vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression; "lamenting sinners"; "wailing mourners"; "the wailing wind"; "wailful bagpipes"; "tangle her desires with wailful sonnets"- Shakespeare
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13

wailing

noun
A fit of crying:
bawling, blubbering, cry, sobbing, tear (used in plural), weeping.
Translations

wailing

[ˈweɪlɪŋ]
A. N
1. (= moaning) → lamentaciones fpl, gemidos mpl; [of child] → llanto m; (= complaints) → quejas fpl, protestas fpl
2. [of siren, wind, bagpipes] → gemido m
B. CPD the Wailing Wall Nel Muro de las Lamentaciones

wailing

[ˈweɪlɪŋ] n
[person, baby] → hurlements mpl
[siren] → hurlement m

wailing

[ˈweɪlɪŋ] n (of suffering) → gemito; (of baby) → vagito; (of siren) → urlo; (of wind) → ululato
References in classic literature ?
At that very moment such a loud sound of wailing broke out from the servants' quarters that she clutched the young man's arm, and Mary stood shivering from head to foot.
When he came to himself, he began to cry and shriek at the top of his lungs, stamping his feet on the ground and wailing all the while:
In spite of the swaying of the house and the wailing of the wind, Dorothy soon closed her eyes and fell fast asleep.
I stopped, staring towards Kensington Gardens, wondering at this strange, remote wailing.
The evening was spent in feasting and rejoicing among the relations of the successful warriors; but the sounds of grief and wailing were heard from the hills adjacent to the village -the lamentations of women who had lost some relative in the foray.
He suspended the work of his hands to listen, and, when he recognized Jerry's wailing, sprang to his feet, galvanized into action.
There's a white lady walks along the brook just about this time of the night and wrings her hands and utters wailing cries.
There reigns a heavy silence; gaunt weeds through windows pry, And down the streets of Liang old echoes, wailing, die.
Long stood Sir Bedivere thinking of all that had come and gone, watching the barge as it glided silently away, and listening to the wailing voices,
Genestas was gazing from this point, over a land that lay far and wide in the spring sunlight, when there arose the sound of a wailing cry.
The daughter had just uttered some simple jest that filled them all with mirth, when the wind came through the Notch and seemed to pause before their cottage--rattling the door, with a sound of wailing and lamentation, before it passed into the valley.
The daughter had just uttered some simple jest that filled them all with mirth, when the wind came through the Notch and seemed to pause before their cottage- rattling the door, with a sound of wailing and lamentation, before it passed into the valley.