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 ?
A poor, bare, miserable room it was, with broken windows, no fire, ragged bedclothes, a sick mother, wailing baby, and a group of pale, hungry children cuddled under one old quilt, trying to keep warm.
Even when "Old Mis'" died, they did not wonder that La Folle had not crossed the bayou, but had stood upon her side of it, wailing and lamenting.
Here another wailing cry betrayed that they were again collected around the bodies of their dead comrades.
But Judge Pyncheon's evident purpose of forcing a passage was interrupted by a voice from the inner room; a weak, tremulous, wailing voice, indicating helpless alarm, with no more energy for self-defence than belongs to a frightened infant.
It was a negro church; and the preacher's text was about the blackness of darkness, and the weeping and wailing and teeth-gnashing there.
And this is their utterance; merry and boisterous, or mournful and wailing, or passionate and rebellious, this music is their music, music of home.
In a knot-hole of the garret, that had opened, she had inserted the neck of an old bottle, in such a manner that when there was the least wind, most doleful and lugubrious wailing sounds proceeded from it, which, in a high wind, increased to a perfect shriek, such as to credulous and superstitious ears might easily seem to be that of horror and despair.
There lay the smooth road below us, we upon one side of it, the banked multitude wailing its other side -- a good clear road, and kept free by the police -- how good it would be to see my five hundred horsemen come tearing down it
When I got a little ways I heard the dim hum of a spinning-wheel wailing along up and sinking along down again; and then I knowed for certain I wished I was dead -- for that IS the lonesomest sound in the whole world.
And he slumped down in his chair crying and sobbing, and 'most everybody in the house busted out wailing, and crying, and saying, "Oh, it's awful--awful-- horrible
It was a wailing child this night, and a laughing one the next: now it nestled close to me, and now it ran from me; but whatever mood the apparition evinced, whatever aspect it wore, it failed not for seven successive nights to meet me the moment I entered the land of slumber.
Exhaustion of body had entirely subdued her spirit: our fiery Catherine was no better than a wailing child.