verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wail
Related Words for wailmoan, sob, fuss, whimper, grieve, mourn, weep, howl, bemoan, bewail, jowl, lament, repine, whine, bawl, bay, squall, keen, deplore, complain
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Linda looked at her as she buried her face and began to wail.Her Father's Daughter
She was too terrified to add her weeping to the wail of the wind—it would have been too ghastly.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
It's the wail of a lost spirit, loosed temporarily from the horrors of purgatory.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The voice changed into what was almost a wail of indignation.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
No shriek, no wail, no word succeeded—all was as silent as the grave.
Word Origin for wail
early 14c., from Old Norse væla "to lament," from væ "woe" (see woe). Of jazz musicians, "to play very well," attested from 1955, American English slang (wailing "excellent" is attested from 1954). Related: Wailed.
c.1400; see wail (v.).