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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.

wail

(weɪl)
vb
1. (intr) to utter a prolonged high-pitched cry, as of grief or misery
2. (intr) to make a sound resembling such a cry: the wind wailed in the trees.
3. (tr) to lament, esp with mournful sounds
n
a prolonged high-pitched mournful cry or sound
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse vǣla to wail, Old English woe]
ˈwailer n
ˈwailful adj
ˈwailfully adv

wail

(weɪl)

v.i.
1. to utter a prolonged, mournful cry, as in grief or suffering.
2. to make mournful sounds, as music or the wind.
3. to lament or mourn bitterly.
4. Slang. to express emotion musically or verbally in an exciting, satisfying way.
v.t.
5. to express deep sorrow for; mourn.
6. to express in wailing or in lamentation.
n.
7. the act of wailing.
8. a wailing cry.
9. any similar mournful sound.
[1300–50; Middle English weile (v. and n.), perhaps derivative of Old English weilā(wei) wellaway; compare Old English wǣlan to torment, Old Norse wǣla to wail]
wail′er, n.

wail


Past participle: wailed
Gerund: wailing

Imperative
wail
wail
Present
I wail
you wail
he/she/it wails
we wail
you wail
they wail
Preterite
I wailed
you wailed
he/she/it wailed
we wailed
you wailed
they wailed
Present Continuous
I am wailing
you are wailing
he/she/it is wailing
we are wailing
you are wailing
they are wailing
Present Perfect
I have wailed
you have wailed
he/she/it has wailed
we have wailed
you have wailed
they have wailed
Past Continuous
I was wailing
you were wailing
he/she/it was wailing
we were wailing
you were wailing
they were wailing
Past Perfect
I had wailed
you had wailed
he/she/it had wailed
we had wailed
you had wailed
they had wailed
Future
I will wail
you will wail
he/she/it will wail
we will wail
you will wail
they will wail
Future Perfect
I will have wailed
you will have wailed
he/she/it will have wailed
we will have wailed
you will have wailed
they will have wailed
Future Continuous
I will be wailing
you will be wailing
he/she/it will be wailing
we will be wailing
you will be wailing
they will be wailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wailing
you have been wailing
he/she/it has been wailing
we have been wailing
you have been wailing
they have been wailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wailing
you will have been wailing
he/she/it will have been wailing
we will have been wailing
you will have been wailing
they will have been wailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wailing
you had been wailing
he/she/it had been wailing
we had been wailing
you had been wailing
they had been wailing
Conditional
I would wail
you would wail
he/she/it would wail
we would wail
you would wail
they would wail
Past Conditional
I would have wailed
you would have wailed
he/she/it would have wailed
we would have wailed
you would have wailed
they would have wailed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wail - a cry of sorrow and griefwail - a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
complaint - (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
Verb1.wail - emit long loud crieswail - emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"
cry, scream, shout out, yell, squall, shout, holler, hollo, call - utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
squall, waul, wawl - make high-pitched, whiney noises
2.wail - cry weakly or softlywail - cry weakly or softly; "she wailed with pain"
weep, cry - shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"

wail

verb
1. cry, weep, grieve, lament, keen, greet (Scot. or archaic), howl, whine, deplore, bemoan, bawl, bewail, yowl, ululate The woman began to wail for her lost child.
2. scream, cry, yell, howl, shriek, screech, yelp She began to wail that she was hungry.
3. howl, scream, roar, cry The wind wailed outside the closed window.
noun
1. cry, moan, sob, howl, keening, lament, bawl, lamentation, yowl, ululation Wails of grief were heard as visitors filed past the site of the disaster.

wail

verb
1. To make inarticulate sounds of grief or pain, usually accompanied by tears:
2. To cry loudly, as a healthy child does from pain or distress:
3. To utter or emit a long, mournful, plaintive sound:
noun
A long, mournful cry:
Translations
نَوْح، نُواح، إنْتِحابيَنوح، يَبْكي، يَنْتَحِب
hylehylenjamre
jajgatjajgatás
vein, væl, gólveina, væla
ūkčiojimas
apraudātgaudasgaudotraudasvaimanas
tarnatizavijati
çığlıkferyatferyat etmekhüngür hüngür ağlamak

wail

[weɪl]
A. N
1. (= moan) → lamento m, gemido m; [of new-born] → vagido m; (= complaint) → queja f, protesta f
a great wail went uppusieron el grito en el cielo
2. [of siren, wind] → gemido m
B. VI
1. (= moan) → lamentarse, gemir; [child] → llorar; (= complain) → quejarse, protestar
2. [siren, wind, bagpipes] → gemir

wail

[ˈweɪl]
n
[baby, person] → hurlement m
[siren] → hurlement m
vi
[person, baby] (= cry) → hurler
[siren] → hurler
police cars with their sirens wailing → des voitures de police toutes sirènes dehors
vt [person] → hurler

wail

n (of baby)Geschrei nt; (of mourner, music)Klagen nt; (of sirens, wind)Heulen nt; (inf: = complaint) → Gejammer nt (inf); a great wail/a wail of protest went upes erhob sich lautes Wehklagen/Protestgeheul
vi (baby, cat)schreien; (mourner, music)klagen; (siren, wind)heulen; (inf: = complain) → jammern (→ over über +acc)

wail

[weɪl]
1. n (of suffering) → gemito; (of baby) → vagito; (of siren) → urlo; (of wind) → ululato
a wail of protest → un urlo di protesta
2. vi (see n) → gemere, vagire, urlare, ululare

wail

(weil) verb
to utter sorrowful or complaining cries. The child is wailing over its broken toy.
noun
a long cry. wails of grief; I heard the wail of a police siren.

wail

v. lamentarse; gemir.
References in classic literature ?
Prince Andrew ran to the door; the scream ceased and he heard the wail of an infant.
From the far north they heard a low wail of the wind, and Uncle Henry and Dorothy could see where the long grass bowed in waves before the coming storm.
Back and peering into the binnacle, he listened vainly for another wail from Jerry in the hope of verifying his first hasty bearing.
He continued to wail and to strangle with more salt water.
The long-drawn wail of two old boughs rubbing against each other brought out the perspiration in beads on her forehead.
Instantly De Vac's iron band clapped over the tiny mouth, but not before a single faint wail had reached the ears of the men above.
An eerie wail floated down from above and the apparition, whatever it might have been, was swallowed by the darkness.
Let us go on," said Benassis; "the wail for the dead has begun, that is the name they give to this part of the funeral rites.
There was a wail along the road, as if a funeral were passing.
Fearsome-looking as they were, I did not know whether to fear them or not, for they did not seem to be particularly well equipped for fighting, and I was on the point of stepping from my hiding-place and revealing myself to them to note the effect upon them of the sight of a man when my rash resolve was, fortunately for me, nipped in the bud by a strange shrieking wail, which seemed to come from the direction of the bluffs at my right.
Many things happened during the hours in which she slept so heavily, but she was not disturbed by the wails and the sound of things being carried in and out of the bungalow.
At that hour the clear-voiced nymphs are with him and move with nimble feet, singing by some spring of dark water, while Echo wails about the mountain-top, and the god on this side or on that of the choirs, or at times sidling into the midst, plies it nimbly with his feet.