- to utter a prolonged, inarticulate, mournful cry, usually high-pitched or clear-sounding, as in grief or suffering: to wail with pain.
- to make mournful sounds, as music or the wind.
- to lament or mourn bitterly.
- Jazz. to perform exceptionally well.
- Slang. to express emotion musically or verbally in an exciting, satisfying way.
- to express deep sorrow for; mourn; lament; bewail: to wail the dead; to wail one's fate.
- to express in wailing; cry or say in lamentation: to wail one's grief.
- the act of wailing.
- a wailing cry, as of grief, pain, or despair.
- any similar mournful sound: the wail of an old tune.
Origin of wail
Examples from the Web for wailer
Historical Examples of wailer
After weeping over her dead body he sets out in search of a Wailer.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
Then follows the story: Luisa, the Wailer, in life was a woman of the people, very beautiful.Legends of the City of Mexico
Thomas A. Janvier
He threatened the wailer with his fist, and the black cowered down, glaring at him with sullen eyes.Adventure
- (intr) to utter a prolonged high-pitched cry, as of grief or misery
- (intr) to make a sound resembling such a crythe wind wailed in the trees
- (tr) to lament, esp with mournful sounds
- a prolonged high-pitched mournful cry or sound
Word Origin for wail
c.1400; see wail (v.).
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.