[ weyl ]
/ weɪl /
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of wail
1300–50; Middle English weile (v. and noun), perhaps derivative of Old English weilā(wei) well-away; compare Old English wǣlan to torment, Old Norse wǣla to 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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British Dictionary definitions for wailer
/ (weɪl) /
(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
Derived forms of wailwailer, nounwailful, adjectivewailfully, adverb
Word Origin for wail
C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse vǣla to wail, Old English wā woe
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