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[ kee-ning ]


  1. the act of a person who keens. keen.
  2. a wailing lament for the dead; keen.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of keening1

First recorded in 1875–80; keen 2 + -ing 1
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Example Sentences

How many hours of keening sports commentary would be unleashed, from fans and performatively enraged pundits alike, about not sacrificing for the greater good and the promise of glory.

She crinkles her brow and then, on cue, she emits a keening howl.

But nothing they essayed could fully drown out the keening of their lust to return to high office.

A wounded woman sat keening on the ground, clasping the body of her dead child in her arms.

It rose again a few seconds later as if baffled, but it continued to hover at that point, keening forth its warning.

I watched the tracking screen, listened to the high keening noises coming from the receivers.

Keening in from the lake, the wind made him stagger backwards.

The neighbours keening along with me would be better to me than an estate.

"It is the wild Irish women keening over their dead," he remarked, with perfect unconcern.


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