verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of wail
OTHER WORDS FROM wailwail·er, nounwail·ing·ly, adverbun·wailed, adjectiveun·wail·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wailwail whale
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Example sentences from the Web for wail
As the women “wail” and the men “dance,” the community takes time to “demonstrate care and respect for the dead.”
A helicopter chugged above and there was the wail of a siren.
I wail to a familiar tune, of course, in this lament for the evanescence of human grandeur and the perishable renown of kings.Modern Essays|John Macy
The only answer to his gospel of beef which she could find, when she was home, was a wail of "But just the same——"Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
The querulous throaty tone was the same, but the words came each time more quickly, and the wail was dying out of them.The Professor's Mystery|Wells Hastings
Then the people in the village joined in the wail, and it came over and over again from the multitude.The Border Watch|Joseph A. Altsheler
The wail of the frightened animal within the cabin gave him new energy.Lords of the Housetops|Various