Related formsplain·tive·ly, adverbplain·tive·ness, noun
Can be confusedplaintiff plaintive
Examples from the Web for plaintive
Hamer declared in her plaintive, outspoken way: “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!”Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: 'I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired'|Lottie L. Joiner|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hence the plaintive email from inside the bunker at Walmart in February.Walmart’s Anti-Union Wage Plans Earn a Cold Shoulder From Big Cities|Daniel Gross|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
What a strange, plaintive philosophy for someone whose profession involved sitting alone most of the day: love the world.
He also has a precocious attraction to his favorite nurse, Ingrid, who sings to him every night in a “plaintive voice.”
Kage's friend, a strawberry blond who landed a small part, sent me a plaintive email from the set last week.
Had he been an Italian bird, Ovid would have had a plaintive tale to tell about him.My Garden Acquaintance|James Russell Lowell
He saw a great chance slipping from him, and his voice was plaintive.The Castle Inn|Stanley John Weyman
She was not pretty and looked weak and poor, but she had a plaintive and a good face, though it was still a little wild.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
But the plaintive tone of such a man asking such a question was significant and interesting and—sad.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II|Burton J. Hendrick
The song passed gradually into an elegy, plaintive and full of pain.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz