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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.
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.]
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|Noun||1.||wailer - 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)
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