[ bih-weyl ]
/ bɪˈweɪl /

verb (used with object)

to express deep sorrow for; lament: a little child bewailing the loss of her dog.

verb (used without object)

to express grief.

Origin of bewail

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at be-, wail
Related formsbe·wail·ing·ly, adverbbe·wail·ment, nounun·be·wailed, adjectiveun·be·wail·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bewail


/ (bɪˈweɪl) /


to express great sorrow over (a person or thing); lament
Derived Formsbewailed, adjectivebewailer, nounbewailing, noun, adjectivebewailingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bewail



c.1300, from be- + wail (v.). Related: Bewailed; bewailing.

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