- mournful; plaintive.
Origin of wailful
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Examples from the Web for wailful
From behind his wailful voice the gentle knocking was heard running on.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Mr. Durance had prophesied a wailful end ever to the carol of Optimists!One of Our Conquerors, Complete
A wailful host were the wives of his raftsmen widowed there by her watery music!The Short Works of George Meredith
He suggested that the poems, if the few lines he had seen made a fair sample, were rather of the wailful order.
The battle was ending without even the poor pomp and circumstance of torn banners and wailful music.