plaintive

[ pleyn-tiv ]
/ ˈpleɪn tɪv /

adjective

expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody.

Origin of plaintive

1350–1400; plaint + -ive; replacing Middle English plaintif < Middle French
Related formsplain·tive·ly, adverbplain·tive·ness, noun
Can be confusedplaintiff plaintive
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plaintive

/ (ˈpleɪntɪv) /

adjective

expressing melancholy; mournful
Derived Formsplaintively, adverbplaintiveness, noun

Word Origin for plaintive

C14: from Old French plaintif grieving, from plainte plaint
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