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plaintive

[ pleyn-tiv ]
/ ˈpleɪn tɪv /
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adjective
expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody.
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Origin of plaintive

First recorded in 1350–1400; plaint + -ive; replacing Middle English plaintif, from Middle French

OTHER WORDS FROM plaintive

plain·tive·ly, adverbplain·tive·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH plaintive

plaintiff, plaintive
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British Dictionary definitions for plaintive

plaintive
/ (ˈpleɪntɪv) /

adjective
expressing melancholy; mournful

Derived forms of plaintive

plaintively, adverbplaintiveness, noun

Word Origin for plaintive

C14: from Old French plaintif grieving, from plainte plaint
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